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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 31, 2015, 12:18 WaltC
 
Cook is the dangerous party, imo...If I discover a business doesn't want my business for whatever the reason, do I...

a) Find another business run by someone who appreciates my business and will value it

or

b) Take the businessman who doesn't want my business to court to force him to do business with me...?

If you said "B" you can join Tim Cook in the corner with his dunce cap in place...;)

According to the GLBT alliance, the only group in the US that does not have the right to be offended is the 98%-99% heterosexual majority.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game Length
13. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game Length Mar 31, 2015, 12:05 WaltC
 
descender wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 11:50:
Am I the only one that hates reading these absurd long game hours?

Yes? Why are you in such a rush to get to the end? Enjoy the journey. Also, ask your doctor to treat your ADD

Skipping over large parts of the media you are entertaining yourself with is pretty silly. Why are you bothering to play a story driven game if you aren't paying attention to the story? Do you go to movie theaters for the popcorn, and then walk out when you finish it?

I completely agree...what is the point in buying an RPG just to see how fast you can roll the ending credits...?...:D That's like buying a book and reading the introduction and skipping to the last chapter, or buying a movie and bringing up the scene menu to watch only the last scene in the movie...! Whatever would be the point? Maybe some folks don't mind paying $40-$60 for a 15-hour RPG, but you can count me out of that group...15-hours is barely enough time to get warmed up...;)

 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game Length
8. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game Length Mar 31, 2015, 11:36 WaltC
 
Wonderful news...200+ hours, music to my ears...;) Games like this I play off and on for months...what a great value! CDPR knows what *real men* like in their games...[j/k, sort of]

I love it when major developers put the lie to the "shorter is better" and "less is more" nonsense. It's also difficult for me to believe this will be the last Witcher game...Geralt is too well known, now, to do away with.

CDPR...I love 'em for defying the conventional wisdom in so many ways...(like DRM, for instance)...and succeeding in spades at the same time. CDPR makes other developers feel ashamed...and envious at the same time, I'll wager.
 
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News Comments > Valve's HTC Vive Free for Developers
28. Re: Valve's HTC Vive Free for Developers Mar 28, 2015, 09:47 WaltC
 
What we haven't seen yet is anyone actually playing a game in any VR system to date for an average 2-3 hour session. That is what will tell the tale and prove whether VR is just a warmed-over 1990's advertising gimmick designed to raise working capital, or whether it will be something people will want to buy and use themselves. My opinion right now is that "VR" is scheduled to be slightly less popular than stereoscopy "3d" turned out to be in computer gaming--and that's only assuming the VR goggles can ever be made as light-weight and as non-restrictive as the stereoscopy glasses. I'm not a stereoscopy fan, but at least control issues are much less an issue than is the case with VR goggles.  
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC Released
18. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC Released Mar 24, 2015, 19:13 WaltC
 
Flatline wrote on Mar 24, 2015, 13:54:
Well now we know what they were doing instead of patching the game.

No kidding. Unreal.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Day One Patch & Other Details Revealed
24. Re: The Witcher 3 Day One Patch & Other Details Revealed Mar 21, 2015, 12:34 WaltC
 
"Controller feels superior to keyboard+mouse."

I interpret that, unfortunately, to mean the reviewer is more comfortable with a console controller than he is a keyboard/mouse...which of course puts many of the other glowing elements in the review in the "slightly doubtful" category because he is acting as if he's never played a decent *computer* RPG until now...although that really seems strange in light of his "gaming for 33 years" comments. That's a couple of years longer than I've been at it, and to this day I can't tell you what a console controller feels like because I've never had any desire to use one...;)
 
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News Comments > New AMD Beta Drivers
6. Re: New AMD Beta Drivers Mar 21, 2015, 12:15 WaltC
 
Wallshadows wrote on Mar 21, 2015, 11:41:
I forgot all about the Explicit Asynchronous bucket method. Will it be a mandatory requirement for devs when developing for DX12 or more like a suggestion though? Because if I can find another 7850 for $100 - $125 then I'd be okay with sitting on them until DX12 unless, by then, 4GB combined is considered a low amount of memory since you would be able to mix and match.

I've got a single HD 7850 2GB, and 40+ games installed @ home, and it runs them all perfectly--even though some are 20-years old...;) So I'm sort prejudiced there--fine product.

The fact that all of these new capabilities will be in the API will mean it'll be a relative cakewalk to produce games using these capabilities--as easy as it is now to program for D3d 9.0c...;) It isn't a question of "suggestions"...more like, "capabilities now possible in the API." It's difficult to imagine developers not using these capabilities immediately-it isn't like they have to write the code from scratch, they just write to the API--development as usual--and the API itself (D3d12) takes care of the grunt work. That's the beauty of the thing. [We could talk about multicore cpu support coming to the API as well, but that's another story. Lots to like just ahead.]
 
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News Comments > New AMD Beta Drivers
3. Re: New AMD Beta Drivers Mar 21, 2015, 11:19 WaltC
 
Wallshadows wrote on Mar 21, 2015, 10:57:
I'm debating whether or not I should find a cheap 7850 to put in to Crossfire or sell my 7850 and put that towards a 280X.

If you can still find a 2GB HD 7850, I'd go that route. Normally, I'd advise folks to stay away from multi-gpus (regardless of who makes them) because up to this moment in time no 3d API supports multiple gpus. The IHV's have to write custom drivers that attempt to "fool" the system into seeing a single GPU where there are two or more. That approach is entirely hit or miss for both IHVs and both the SLI and X-Fire camps are full of vast frustration because of it...;)

But, Microsoft is promising what looks to be the biggest advance in D3d in more than a decade with D3d12, and one of the things the new API will support is multiple gpus! First time, ever. All kinds of things are coming to the table for multiple gpus--like for instance, there will be no more need to duplicate videoram--so that when two cards @ 2 gigs each are running, you get *4* gigs of usable videoram, etc. Looks as if the dawn of true multiple gpu power is upon us and finally coming to D3d. If you are considering going multiple gpu there's never been a better time to do it, imo.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 21, 2015, 10:19 WaltC
 
France is insane about some things, no doubt about it...;) I recall a few summers back when France had a heatwave and it actually killed some 10,000(!) elderly French residents, all because in its infinite wisdom France had decided to tax home A/C units to the point that only very rich people could afford them. Unbelievable that a government could be so preoccupied with *theories* about what the weather might be in 100 years that it would create conditions today that actually end up killing its citizens. We crawled out of the caves for good reasons...;) Left to its own devices Nature strives endlessly to kill us all--you'd think the French would have some clue about that. But, they don't celebrate free speech, either, go figure. Lots of cultural differences.

I also see that ARS is still rabidly pushing its GW religion...;) Last I saw you could still get the official robes and hoods that are required for their climate-change "meetings"...
 
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News Comments > New AMD Beta Drivers
1. Re: New AMD Beta Drivers Mar 21, 2015, 10:00 WaltC
 
These are marked 15.3 and dated 3/19, and the drivers released for Windows10TP 10041 are marked 15.2 and dated 3/11, but the 15.2's are also marked WDDM 2.0 whereas the 15.3's, whether in Win8.1 or Win10, are still WDDm 1.3.
 
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News Comments > Newell on Half-Life
32. Re: Newell on Half-Life Mar 18, 2015, 12:10 WaltC
 
If Valve doesn't do another Half-Life, then what motive would the company have for developing a newer Source engine? I mean, there are lots of very inexpensive 3d-engines circulating these days, so it certainly isn't because Valve expects to make a lot of money selling the engine independently. But if there's a HL3 that makes dramatic and good use of a new Source engine, then that might just stimulate interest in a new Source engine as a salable product.

The fact that Newell is double-talking when it comes to HL3 is both characteristic of Newell in general (if he can confuse a topic rather than clarify it Newell is there with bells on) and somewhat disappointing.

I could care less about multiplayer for HL3, actually--that seems enormously boring to me. The HL story is one with much remaining potential for *single-player* if only Newell and Valve can muster up the energy to talk about it (or even do it?) That seems to be the problem--Valve is spending its time (wasting?) on silly PR projects designed to promote Valve's public hot-air profile (Steam machine, VR, etc.) when the true pot of gold for the company won't be some silly gimmick like that. It'll be a masterful HL3.

Gabe says he's learned a lot--but what he doesn't seem to have learned in all of these years is just how much people loved the HL universe and still care about it. I think that is a remarkable bit of self-deception. If he's not doing a HL3 then the least he could do is say so, sell the IP, and move over for someone to do something with the property.
 
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News Comments > Steam EU Refunds Now Available [Updated]
31. Re: Steam EU Refunds Now Available Mar 18, 2015, 11:47 WaltC
 
Armengar wrote on Mar 18, 2015, 09:43:
Overon wrote on Mar 18, 2015, 09:38:
Can you actually waive your rights away in EU like that? Don't we have some people with legal training that can tell us on these boards?

No, you cannot waive your rights. Whilst I'm no lawyer the very same legislation also stated that box EULA aren't worth the paper they are written on as you haven't opened the box.

The EU has no "Bill of Rights" such as you find amending the US Constitution. Your "rights" in the EU are solely determined by whatever laws are in place at the time, and of course to every law there is an exception--this one being no different. With Steam there are no "open boxes" and if you buy a boxed copy of a Steamworks game and wish to return it, Valve has nothing to do with that--it's between you and the reseller who sold you the boxed game. Valve may have a separate agreement with the box retailer, but that doesn't involve the customer.

Obviously, since customers download the game there is no "open box" rule for Steam to abide by, so all sales would and should be final--as it is fairly easy to mod a Steamworks game so that it doesn't have to run Steamworks when you run the game.

Customers should do due diligence *before* they buy--after they buy it's too late. That includes reading reviews on the software, studying the minimum hardware requirements for the game, etc. If you don't pay attention to those things before buying then you deserve to think you lost your money, imo...;) Because it's entirely your fault.

Best Buy stores in the US *used* to have a 30-day money back guarantee on everything in the store, including software--believe it or not...;) Every day there'd be a line a block long of people who had taken the software home, copied it to disk, and then brought the receipt and box back for a full refund. Of course, Best Buy was losing its shirt to dishonesty and had to rescind the policy which they changed to "open box"--but believe it or not, people would cheat on that, too, and buy cheap shrink-wrap machines which they'd use to re-wrap the boxes after they had made copies for themselves, of course. In the US, at least, that's how "all sales are final" became the rule for software--it wasn't that way in the beginning and is strictly due to the rampant dishonesty of the customer base. Sad, but true.

I agree with people, however, that something needs to be done about the rampant state of buggy game publishing. I'm just not sure what, however. It's just one of those things that game publishers do to themselves that stimulates piracy--if the publishers aren't smart enough to figure that out for themselves then they deserve to be pirated, imo. That may be the only thing that captures their attention--but if piracy dropped to zero tomorrow I'm not sure it would in any way alter a publisher's penchant for releasing very buggy games in this pattern: release six months early; patch for six months, move on to the next game.



 
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News Comments > TITAN X Available
10. Re: TITAN X Available Mar 17, 2015, 20:47 WaltC
 
If there's any truth to the 390X rumors that show 8GBs of superfast HBM; well, this Titan may well be the circus midget on the day the 390X ships...;) But who really knows what AMD will ship at this point--I certainly don't, but it's for sure I won't be buying anything else until I see what the 390X is all about...! As this Titan from nVidia is no bargain *choke* anyone who takes the plunge befire the competition announces is likely to be sorry he didn't wait.  
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Video
10. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Video Mar 7, 2015, 18:00 WaltC
 
It's difficult to tell anything from a video like this...I rather doubt the PC high-res textures will look anything like this. I mean, the main thing is that there are a multiple of millions more mid-to-high-end PCs out there than xBones right now--there's no way CDPR doesn't know this, as much experience as they have. I think it has to do with getting a good video frame-rate for these clips that translates to a decent framerate even over some of the very slow Internet connections that some people will have. I'm looking forward to this game very much--DA:Inquisition so far has disappointed me--so much for pre-shipping cut scenes that look great, right? The pre-shipping previews for DA:Inquisition turned out far better than the game itself, at least so far.  
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News Comments > John Carmack's GDC Presentation
10. Re: John Carmack's GDC Presentation Mar 7, 2015, 17:43 WaltC
 
I thought I'd heard it all...but "mobile VR"?...Oh good grief. "Mobile" is the new n00b buzzword, and as Carmack proves, you can simply attach anything to it (like "VR")to get millions of dollars out of suckers with far more money than brains...;) Carmack might do OK making cell-phone games these days--I'm thinking "Tic-Tac-Toe-Quake"...yea...;)

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2015, 07:52 WaltC
 
ARS as usual is completely wrong...;) There is *nothing* in the current FCC's "Internet Nationalization Rules" that prohibits ISPs from managing traffic or throttling it in times of high congestion. Nothing has even slightly changed in that respect. ARS is getting less accurate and more propagandist by the day, it seems. Accuracy no longer means much on the site--I think they're imitating the Buffington Toast...:D (I had to abandon the site after years as it has lost all pretense of objectivity and accuracy.) It's more or less a troll site these days.  
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News Comments > Source 2 Games Must Use Steam
33. Re: Source 2 Games Must Use Steam Mar 5, 2015, 17:14 WaltC
 
It's going to be a simple matter of a value proposition. If most developers find that Source 2 meets their needs best, they'll use it. If not, they won't. Ho-humm.

Valve already gets 30% of gross revenue from all the games sold through Steam (presumably.) Badly made games won't sell very well and Valve won't make much/any profit just because they are Steam distributed--the same way it is now for all other games(30% of nothing is still nothing...;)) Steam games that sell well will make Valve a bundle, but that is just like it is now, too.

The only difference here is that Valve is now giving away its engine and tools, the Steam stipulation meaning very little at all since the games can be sold elsewhere simultaneously--where they just might do much better than on Steam (For instance, DRM-less at Gog, etc.)

It sure looks like the only difference here for Valve is that they're now giving Source 2 & tools away for free. There are no guarantees, no set pricing schedules or models to pay Valve for Source 2--doesn't appear that Valve thinks Source 2 will be a money-maker for the company. It's pretty much a freebie, looks to me.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 4, 2015, 19:25 WaltC
 
The dentist story...yes, everyone should realize that if you sign a contract the terms of which violate state law then any terms in the contract that are violations of the law may be freely ignored, even if the party gave voluntary, legal consent to the contract. You cannot "voluntarily" be forced by a contract to break state or Federal law. It's surprising the number of people like this dimwitted dentist who don't understand that. Arrogance often spells ignorance...;)
 
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News Comments > TITAN X GPU Unveiled
4. Re: TITAN X GPU Unveiled Mar 4, 2015, 19:16 WaltC
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 19:08:
Not sure why the negativity. If someone is spending $3000 on Star Citizen, surely there is a market for high-end cards.

It's just that for every one who spends $3k there are 100 that won't spend > $300 and another 200 that will only spend less than that...;) In other words, the market for $3k 3d cards (assuming it won't cost even more) is exceptionally small & limited.
 
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News Comments > EA Emeryville Closure Confirmed; Maxis Name Continues
1. Re: EA Emeryville Closure Confirmed; Maxis Name Continues Mar 4, 2015, 19:12 WaltC
 
No doubt this also had something to do with the Sim City botched launch that entailed several EA execs prevaricating through their teeth about how client computers couldn't run the SC code so they were "forced" to start out with a server-side game design, "always on," etc. Once EA discovered that no one was buying the malarkey, Maxis began to admit that, yes, a client-side, "always off" single-player version of the game was indeed "possible"--etc. I don't know whether the really fabricated commentary originated @ Maxis & the EA execs just lapped it up, or whether it was EA who insisted upon the server-side, always-on game design as a form of DRM. That much truth seems fairly difficult for EA to parse so I doubt it will ever be forthcoming...;)
 
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