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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 31, 2017, 13:28 HorrorScope
 
Trump is a grade a jackass. But not everything he mentions is bad.

But I do sort of get this feeling, it is just a reshuffle and in the end things are still the same, that we'll find out most of the issues are our own motivations.

All the area's he's upsetting could easily mean higher costs for product or lost wages/jobs, companies won't take hits and leave the workers alone, they'll do what they have to.

To me I sort of still see short term damage for most and some will simply lose good jobs, while on the other side it is still relatively the same ole same ole, so we did this major reshuffle for no good enough reason.
 
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News Comments > ARK: Survival Evolved Patch Adds Tek Content
10. Re: ARK: Survival Evolved Patch Adds Tek Content Jan 31, 2017, 13:07 HorrorScope
 
Nullity wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 12:52:
A little while back, myself and a few friends and coworkers were all considering buying this and setting up own own private server. It looked like it could be a lot of fun. Then less than 2 days later, before we got a chance to coordinate and pull the trigger, they released paid DLC for an early access game.

I audibly let out a jaded sigh of defeat, calmly muttered to myself something to the effect of "for fucks sake, of course they did", and promptly put my virtual wallet away. That was the end of that - they lost about 5-7 sales.

(Before anyone goes there, yes I know the story behind why this happened. However, they certainly went about it the wrong way. If they would have been up front and open about the reasoning from the beginning, I probably would have forgiven them, but that's not what went down.)

I should have been surprised, but I wasn't. This industry has lowered the bar so much, that I just naturally expect shady and shitty practices. It sucks, I want the good old days of gaming back.

We all have our reasons. But most of the time, I leave that stuff out of it, if the game itself can deliver and is worth it, to me that is the ultimate bottom line. This isn't a game that asks for more cash after the fact in terms of subs or cash shop.

I'm probably ready to put Empyrion down for a while (another fun one), get some more patches out to add more pve... Ark is probably next in line to start up for me, as I wait for Conan to mature some unless I start to hear it is already really far along and killing it.
 
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Early Access
10. Re: Conan Exiles Early Access Jan 31, 2017, 13:03 HorrorScope
 
Alamar wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 11:50:
I haven't jumped on the survival bandwagon at all, but this doesn't look to me like the others... In other words, I'm interested... Need to check out some gameplay stuff in the near future ; )

It does look a bit different than then norm for sure. But I'd say for most people that just like gaming in general, the genre is a lot of fun. Now depending if you have friends or not can really change how you may actually play, public vs private or even by yourself. I'll wait at least a little bit to get a better feel for this one, but my first thoughts are it seems promising.
 
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News Comments > ARK: Survival Evolved Patch Adds Tek Content
8. Re: ARK: Survival Evolved Patch Adds Tek Content Jan 31, 2017, 12:46 HorrorScope
 
wasteoid wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 12:34:
Check out the overwhelmingly negative reviews on Steam:

https://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/reviews/

I own this and just played it a wee little, I'm certain I'll like it, but I have time and I am allowing this games to bake. But a game like this can have so many ways one can play. I read some reviews, some people don't like the Cross Server feature they introduced, or how someone can just come and destroy everything you have or another reason etc etc.

Well it depends on where and how you play. For me, there is a dedicated server option, modifiable rulesets... I can just make my own and play a game say no one else has, I could come away with a totally different take on the game. I can see it is very popular, I totally get how these type of games are fun or can be fun, the experiences can vary wildly since we can control the servers. You'd think one can find or create a server to their liking.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement Tomorrow
7. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement Tomorrow Jan 31, 2017, 02:10 HorrorScope
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 23:00:
Make it less boring? I hope so!

Not a chance.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2017, 18:09 HorrorScope
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 16:10:
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 15:51:
Again it still could be fixing a problem that really doesn't exist anymore. How many of us have accidentally had a two games running at the same time and didn't notice and then thought... wow I can alt tab between games and both run great?

Ummm... wat? ADS much? That kind of shit is seriously happening to you guys? All I can say it has definitely never ever happened to me that I ran two games at the same time. Why the fuck or how the fuck could that even happen if you are paying just the tiniest li'l bit of attention to what the fuck you are actually doing?

Not possible for me. I know it sounds crazy but my Windows has this super-special feature that is called a taskbar. And I also have this super-weird anatomical feature that is called a muscle in my neck that can make my head tilt forward so I can, like, lower my view and actually look at the taskbar at my running programs! I know... insane! But I swear I'm not shittin' ya!


Oh geeze really? You can't imagine ever have two games running at once unknowingly? Well it doesn't happen often, but let me try to muster up a reason. I'm playing a few games concurrently... I'm playing something, but I have to go do something and I don't shut the game down, but go to the desktop. Come back a couples hours later and since I'm at a desktop, I decide to pick one of the other games instead. This probably doesn't happen with 2 steam games, but lets say 1 steam and 1 origin. Later on I am looking at something online while I alt-tab out of the current game and I notice... hah two games are running. Alt-tab, yep and hell I can continue to play either no problems, great performance. You never seen that?

Well do this, go out of your way and do it and notice the shit still runs good in each individual game. I get your point you can see it if you go to check, but it isn't Red Alert if I don't check, again my PC even though mid-range is BEAST! That is why small resource management is I think to most of us with updated system... no biggy anymore. And just think I'm the guy that can go months even a year without a reboot because the system is solid.

People VM many apps on one PC and again, impressive performance you wouldn't expect until you actually see it.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2017, 16:02 HorrorScope
 
descender wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 12:43:
He already basically is 'the best' by any metrics, it's only easier to make excuses and arguments against him before he wins again. I don't really like that "winning the superbowl" has so much of an influence on a QB's legacy... but that is just the way it is with sports.


I hate Brady more than anyone else here
Now this is a discussion worth having! I currently live in RI so I hate him closer than you do! I get to remind people weekly about ugg boots and deflated balls :p Unfortunately, they get to remind me that I'm a Jets fan.

Fuck Brady, but he wins by basically any measure. If SB wins matter most, SB wins being equal, but no fraction points for SB appearances or Conf Champ appearances? Joe 4 SB's. Brady what 7? Joe played more than 4 years what happened on the off years, failed? Then there is raw stats, efficiency, winning #'s, years of service. Brady unfortunately not only did it big, but he did it long to.

I can only hope my team gets someone like that and with the NFL protection rules I'll have 15+ years of excellence. Back in the day you were lucky to get 7 years out of a QB and a couple of those would be marred by severe injury.

Fairly confident the Falcons will win Sunday, they are peaking on a higher plane than the rest. It was a weak-team football year imo. Never a certainty though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 30, 2017, 15:53 HorrorScope
 
NewMaxx wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 14:49:
Bard wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 14:21:
Fake news - how about that BBC report of WTC7 falling down before it did?

But but the BBC is 5 hours ahead of the U.S.! They can see into the future!1!!1!

Actually they were late... but the west coast... they knew and did nothing about it. They knew at 6:30am, bastards!
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2017, 15:51 HorrorScope
 
NewMaxx wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 14:46:
Performance gains from reducing load on the CPU subsystem bring results in the min and avg of FPS; it makes games feel smoother. It's the same result from upgrading your CPU. A lot of people think a 2500K is still sufficient but upgrading to a 6700K from there, same frequency (4.5GHz), I get as much as +50% on min/avg FPS with a GTX 1080 and it feels a lot smoother. Likewise utilizing DX12 to get more efficient use out of the CPU can often feel a bit smoother in games. People looking for benchmark-like gains with the wow factor of maximum FPS will be disappointed, but who the hell doesn't run some sort of sync these days? I've been living tear-free for eons and it's easier than ever with the technology available today. This mode will just make games feel a bit smoother, it is a subjective advantage; see [H]ardOCP's review methodology to see what I mean.

Maybe, their measuring latency as well, no big gain.

Again it still could be fixing a problem that really doesn't exist anymore. How many of us have accidentally had a two games running at the same time and didn't notice and then thought... wow I can alt tab between games and both run great? Think of all that over-head that didn't matter. How about VM'ing a system and doing the same? It is pretty impressive how well it all runs, not singularly anymore but all together.

I like Win10, but I wouldn't put it past them that it has much more to do than very small gains.
 
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News Comments > Torment Stretch Goal Changes
38. Re: Torment Stretch Goal Changes Jan 30, 2017, 13:31 HorrorScope
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 13:03:
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 11:00:
I'm still a bit disappointed that D:OS cut many Stretch Goals and I know they will be doing that again. It is one of those things of... wow we blew through the first stage, we can get a lot more upfront which is always good, what can we add? Then that whole game begins.

In defense of Larian Studios it needs to be said that they learned their fucking lesson. The D:OS II stretch goals were very modest and should quite easily be achieved and delivered.
Of course, Larian's absolutely correct conservative approach after the D:OS feature cut debacle had the averse effect that some tards were disappointed in the totally correct modesty of the stretch goals.
It's like some people were almost begging to be cheated, baited and defrauded like "OMG please give us some pie in the sky unobtainable stretch goals that you will never deliver anyway just so I can jack off over my pledge". Ummm... yeah. Whatever, man.

Are you sure? Live Dungeon Mastering is one of the tallest orders that comes with the whiniest of bitches when it doesn't do everything their heads can dream up. That is one of the most difficult adds you can ever put on a stretch goal. Then Modding... and something waaay better than DOS1 modding, that was DOA. The new mod tool at the latest has to be released day 1 to have any type of public support, pre-release much better yet. They may even struggle with other things on their list to. I'm not as bullish as you are here.

The one stretch goal they changed in DOS 1 that sounds like what is being done in Torment was the Mega-Dungeon. Larian had movies of this dungeon hyping it, it will be like a whole new game within a game. On release, no word, people complete game, no Mega-Dungeon ever found, then they answer and say, it didn't fit in and we took parts of that dungeon and created separate quests from some of those parts. Nothing we could ever really know like Torment making current individuals deeper instead of more. Was the day/night cycle a stretch? That one in general I know was a hot topic either way, too hard and time consuming.

Also what are we finding out now about DOS 2? That the current build was not taken from the EE version which had controller/split screen/added ui improvements, but instead they used an older non EE version and built DOS 2 up from there, the current build is missing very liked features that DOS 1 already has? That seems odd.

There is imo a lot of silence, slow updates, AND a lot lot lot more to show for DOS 2 to live up to. They are still trying to figure out the new combat model it seems. This will be a game like DOS 1 that has terrible game balancing that is improved over many months and patches... same ole CRPG story. Wait.

Yes that is a critical look from someone that liked DOS 1 and owns DOS 2 and likes Larian. But something so far is feeling off with DOS 2 for me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
58. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2017, 12:09 HorrorScope
 
Retired wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 11:33:
Quboid wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 11:31:
Retired, descender is referring to what you're parroting and your attitude, not directly what you said. I know it's terrible that everyone calls people like you racist but look at your fucking country. What the fuck are you idiots doing? If you're not condemning this, you deserve all the hurtful names you get.

Being descended from immigrants clearly doesn't stop people having a problem with immigrants.

I was attacked for merely pointing out how ridiculous the hypocrisy is. Believe me, I want nothing more than to break the 2 party system, but there is to much money involved. Won't happen in my lifetime.

It is trying to break right now, Trump and his guys aren't either party. This is as close to system changing as you are going to probably see.

To me talk is talk until action... Are we really sure we want this type of big change? Personally I did, but don't anymore, years and plans alter outlooks, I have to look out for A1's best interest and I've spent a lifetime building whatever wealth and future in this system. I see a lot of loss money for me in my golden years if the change is too great AND I believe whatever we have on the other side will have the same amount of problems, so I took a loss for no net gain.

It will only get so good is what I'm going with, history I believe shows that, well actually I believe in a little better today then yesterday, it seems we can achieve that. But some sweeping change into something great... dreamers. I also believe the rich and poor will come out roughly the same, but again with great anguish for all at first. But successful people are ambitious people (Genetic Lottery Winner may have a reckoning though) and they will go right back to the top. Poor people with low ambition will go right back to their nest, highly unlikely a law will change a persons ambition much.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2017, 11:20 HorrorScope
 
Another site noted around a 2.5% gain in performance. Yeah I think everyone here at least was braced for not much.

The plan with it was to make the game more get more cycles vs background apps. That sounds good and a good bit of time ago that may have mattered. But I can see these days, doing testing on my own with a fair system, that many things can be running in the background, taking up even say 25% (probably more) of cpu clock and a lot of ram overall and when playing the game... there is no meaningful difference in performance on/off.

Perhaps in the day when ram was tight and proc's were slower, these background apps were a fair sized problem. Way back, they surely were, but this is like an answer to a problem long solved. But it sounds good MS Cares!
 
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News Comments > Torment Stretch Goal Changes
36. Re: Torment Stretch Goal Changes Jan 30, 2017, 11:07 HorrorScope
 
Creston wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 11:03:
but on the flipside, if they're saying "we cut two not very interesting companions, and made the others cooler instead"

Something we'll never really know if it is true or not.
 
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News Comments > Torment Stretch Goal Changes
34. Re: Torment Stretch Goal Changes Jan 30, 2017, 11:00 HorrorScope
 
Dacote wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 19:51:
Jerykk wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 15:56:
People really need to learn what Kickstarter is. When you back a Kickstarter, you shouldn't treat it like pre-ordering a product or making an investment. Instead, you are essentially donating money to an idea. That's it. It's better to think of it like Patreon. If the idea comes to fruition, that's great but there are no guarantees. If you back a Kickstarter and expect that the release date and stretch goals are part of an ironclad contract, you've already missed the point.

People also need to learn how game development works. It isn't an exact science. Ideas that sound good on paper may not work so well in practice. Iteration leads to better games and during the process, things will be changed or cut for the better of the product as a whole. If you can't accept this, you shouldn't be Kickstarting games.
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Posting a sane logical argument here, how dare you.

I hope your Entitled Gaming Man Baby insurance is paid-up.

Perhaps you should brace yourself for that outcome, but I think Cutter nailed it. I'm still a bit disappointed that D:OS cut many Stretch Goals and I know they will be doing that again. It is one of those things of... wow we blew through the first stage, we can get a lot more upfront which is always good, what can we add? Then that whole game begins.
 
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News Comments > Torment Stretch Goal Changes
16. Re: Torment Stretch Goal Changes Jan 29, 2017, 17:25 HorrorScope
 
GinRummy wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 14:20:
I'm fine with delaying some stuff to finally get the game out that I helped Kickstart so long ago. I'm torn between playing right off the bat when I KNOW there will be tons of bugs, which is just endemic to CRPG software, or waiting 3 to 5 months for the 4th big patch that fixes the majority of stuff and adds in the delayed content.

Choose OR.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
4. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 28, 2017, 17:29 HorrorScope
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 28, 2017, 15:03:
Just think of how many expensive VR controllers can get thrown across the room, or through a window!

Same number of Wii controllers and that had mankind on the proverbial brink.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 27, 2017, 12:27 HorrorScope
 
Lets see the tech in the wild! Always promising stories.

One negative, my pc won't be acting as a free secondary heater in the winter.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Announced
34. Re: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Announced Jan 27, 2017, 12:08 HorrorScope
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jan 27, 2017, 11:22:
It makes no sense that a popular game like this needs crowd funding. I really liked the first game, but after the success of their first product I would never give them money for a second, that just seems stupid. They made a lot of money on that game.

If you want to blindly throw money at them fine, but I will buy it on steam when it becomes available. In the meantime, I can use that money on other things that are currently available.


What some developers are saying is Kickstarters also act as advertising, that people become aware of the product if they buy in or not vs perhaps missing that a follow up is happening. I also think you can save a few dollars now getting in on the lowest tier for PoeT2 vs what it will be on Steam day one. I'm confident this will be released, might be a few years though.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
14. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 27, 2017, 11:43 HorrorScope
 
Retired wrote on Jan 27, 2017, 09:41:
Microsoft kills the ability to uninstall stock apps from Windows 10.

They forget that is what caused them a huge lawsuit 15 years ago?

And things have changed a lot since and with less regulation coming... that's old outdated methods.

Use whatever O/S ya want, but I'm having personally no major issue with Win10, are there some things I don't like? Yep. But I can say that with pretty much any software, let alone just MS software.

Was driving yesterday, the drive had 15 incidents from point A to B. Using Google maps over the years, you can see how much data they take from us live and how much better the maps have become. The red traffic delay lines are almost spot on due to data mining. I really do like the accuracy, that said they know where I'm at pretty much 24/7, really can't think of anywhere I go on my PC that is that intrusive. Obviously my accounts and passwords are gold and I don't want that all over the place, but if I go to buttplugs.com.... yeah so? They know where I'm at 24/7. Now if you don't have a mobile phone you have legs to stand on.

What does this have to do with this news bit? Face it, the reason you really don't like Win10 is the data mining part of it. So when you hear information like this, it is another issue you can pile on, as your continue to justify and sell your stance. If there was no data mining at all, you would be on Win10 already and this would be an everyday minor nuisance, barely worth discussing.

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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Announced
29. Re: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Announced Jan 27, 2017, 10:36 HorrorScope
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 27, 2017, 00:13:
Sez who? Most of the opinions I've seen on the matter agree it sucks.

Says people in re-occurring BN threads on the topic. Says people at other forums. Says people in Steam reviews. Says the funding this round (95% funded in one day). It was a good game and with patches became even better at least balance wise. That's who sez.

Oh yeah on the real-time pause, that is one thing they did add in patches was a couple more options. They made it so you can set it to play it out turn-based. Anytime a member was done with their action it would pause, you set another order for them, un-pause. Still not as clean as true TB, but it played out well enough for me.

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