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Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
5. Re: Saturday Metaverse May 20, 2017, 21:09 MeanJim
 
Beamer wrote on May 20, 2017, 13:07:
RedEye9 wrote on May 20, 2017, 11:27:
Anyone that uses MacOS opens 65 browser tabs is asking for trouble.

I'm guessing a lot of posters here are often near that.

I use Firefox and the Tab Groups addon. I have 98 open right now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
31. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 12, 2017, 04:34 MeanJim
 
Slick wrote on May 12, 2017, 01:02:
It's natural to have some buyers remorse when buying any big ticket item like this, but trust me, just because IPS doesn't have the best contrast, that monitor is still by far the best gaming monitor on the planet. It will only be outdone with the 4k HDR FALD version Asus and Acer will be putting out in 4-5 months, and that will probably be twice the price of the 1440p one ($1800 USD rumour seems plausible)

So yeah, IPS has it's issues for sure, but it's better than TN, and PVA has shit latency. If you like gaming, these 1440p 144hz G-sync monitors are currently the best there is, and they pair nicely with a GTX 1080, although a Ti would be better. You can always just play games @ 1080p, although I've noticed that at least on my Acer, the downsampling leaves the image a bit blurry. Still, it's a monitor that you can grow into, and will be a premium experience for years to come.

When it comes to things that you use everyday for hours at a time, I don't sneer at spending a little more. Mattresses, pillows, chairs, peripherals, monitors, etc. you'll get thousands of hours of use from them.

You'll be over the moon with that one you picked, at the moment there's nothing better on the market, and is probably somewhat responsible for how much ass I kick in vidyagames these days as my skills wane.

This is the one I ended up buying. There is another one by ASUS that I was looking at first, but a review I read that said the Acer had the same panel and better QC. It was also cheaper at the link I posted. When I searched for the model# on Amazon yesterday, that page I linked was the first result. The second result was one with the same model number that was even cheaper, but looking closer I saw that it had a TN panel. I didn't notice that they have several different monitors under the same model#. The 2nd result's page has the options picker thing and if you select the right options you get the same one I bought, only its sold by Amazon and is more expensive. The one I linked is fulfilled by Amazon so I still got Prime shipping and it will be here Saturday, so I sort of got lucky with that.

My current monitor is still working for now, but the left side flickers for a bit after turning on and starting the other day the bottom left doesn't light up at all and I have to cycle the power until it comes on. The two previous LCDs I had were TN panels at 20" and 22". When I got this 24" though, the color shift from the narrow vertical view angle was really noticeable, so I definitely wanted an IPS panel going up to 27".

I think I paid $500ish for that first 20" LCD I got, but the last two, the 22" and 24" both were in the $250-300 range. As for how long it lasts, maybe I've had bad luck, but each of those had problems prompting replacement after 3-4 years. For $730, this one better last a long damn time.

I currently have a GTX 970, but the rest of my system is new (i7 6700K). I can currently run everything I have at 1080p at well over 100 FPS. I'm pretty sure it's not going to handle some games at 1440p without dropping the visuals or running 1080p and upscaling it. Being able to "grow into it" was one reason I chose to get the 1440p monitor, but I won't be upgrading my GPU for a while, especially after dropping over $700 on a monitor. I was at least going to wait for the next generation GPUs to come out anyway.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
28. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 12, 2017, 00:52 MeanJim
 
Where were all of you yesterday when I asked for advice on getting a new monitor when mine suddenly crapped out. I have a 24" 1080p 60Hz monitor and I can run all my games maxed out at that res. I was basically stuck deciding if I should keep it cheap and just get another 24" 1080p 60Hz to hold me over until some kind of whatever-sync standard comes out or go ahead and go ahead and upgrade to a 27" 1440p 144Hz g-sync display.

Anyway, I spent all day yesterday going back and forth and couldn't make up my mind. I was getting late and the deadline for Amazon Prime shipping was closing in if I wanted it here Saturday, so I took a break, tried to relax by watching an hour of TV and downing a pint of beer before making my decision and going to bed. Shopping while buzzed helped me make up my mind, but also impaired my judgement. I said fuck it and bought a 1440p 165Hz g-sync monitor and went to bed.

After sleeping on it, I started having second thoughts as soon as I woke up. I don't think I have room for a 27" monitor on my desk. I do need a new desk anyway, but I wasn't planning on a desk swap so soon. Then the thought of re-configuring my games to run at 1440p hit me and what to do with those that I can't run at 1440p. Now I'm kind of wishing that I had gone with a 1080p g-sync monitor for half the price.
 
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News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin 2 Game Master Mode
14. Re: Divinity: Original Sin 2 Game Master Mode May 11, 2017, 00:47 MeanJim
 
Darks wrote on May 10, 2017, 10:58:
Come on now MeanJim, how do you get burned out playing the game only twice in parts?

I've gone though the game several times with a few friends. I had a great time each play though. What you should have done was just moved on with that save game without your friend, if hes unreliable, then tell him you going on without him.

Its what I would have done!!

There's a difference between role playing and "playing the game." I take the RP in my RPG seriously. When I play an RPG, I like to come up with personalities for my character(s), sometimes coming up with back stories for them that help me "get into character" when I play. Continuing the MP games I started with other people and never finished, playing with their characters I would just be just playing the game and that's no fun to me. If I were going to play solo, I would want to create my own characters and start over.

I usually do play through RPGs multiple times role playing it with different characters. However, after the two failed games, there were other games that I was already playing single player, and I just never found my way back to this one.

It's not just the unfinished MP games that burned me out, there are some issues I have with the game itself that kind of bother me which don't help. Besides the RPS mini-game that I hate in SP, the dual dialog system itself has problems that kind of ruin the experience. The game doesn't keep track of which character caused a dual dialog (stealing for example). For instance, in the very beginning of the game there are a couple of possible areas where you're first introduced to the dual dialog system. One is where you find the body at the base of the cliff with the note on it where the guy thought he could fly. While playing with my friend, I found the body, picked up the note and read it. We initiate the dual dialog and his character is talking to me as if he found the note and read it. Then at the two drunk guards, he wanted to fight them and I wanted to go peacefully. He wins the argument, we fight, then the dual dialog at the end has his character saying something to my character making it sound like I started the fight. Later in town, he picks something up not realizing it was stealing and got caught. That initiates another dual dialog, and his character is telling me I shouldn't steal things when he is the one that did it. These same inconsistencies in the dual dialog happen in SP.

The idea role playing two characters and having dual dialog between them was a major selling point for me backing the game, and having it so fundamentally broken is kind of a turn off. I know you can disable the dual dialog completely, but then you miss out on the perks you get from the choices you make in them. I do still want to finish the game, the story (what I played of it) was interesting and the combat was fun. I'll just have to grit my teeth and try to ignore the badly implemented dual dialog when/if I do play it.

HorrorScope wrote on May 10, 2017, 18:10:
The enhanced version you could eliminate or change how RPS worked.

You can? I remember trying the enhanced edition when it released because it was right around the time I had injured my arm and couldn't use the mouse for gaming. The enhanced edition has controller support, which I could use and was thinking of playing it until I healed. I ran through the beginning up to reaching the first town to check if they fixed the other problems I mentioned above with the dual dialog, which they didn't. I don't remember there being a change in the RPS game. I'll have to check it out again, I never uninstalled it.
 
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News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin 2 Game Master Mode
10. Re: Divinity: Original Sin 2 Game Master Mode May 10, 2017, 10:49 MeanJim
 
Darks wrote on May 10, 2017, 08:17:
So, how does MP ruin the game for you? If your friend doesn't show up and you cant get him on line with you, you move on and play without him. There are several save spots you know, so you can like have multiple games going at once if you want to. Please dont blame MP for your own short falls. Thats not the games fault,thats yours and your friends fault.

I didn't say it was the game's fault for having MP. All I said was the MP ruined it for me, there's a difference. As I already explained, it ruined my experience because after playing through part of it twice in MP, I was burned out and I not interest in doing it again.

What is the games fault is having the RPS mini-game in SP where it doesn't belong which ruins the whole point of role playing two characters by not letting me decide which one gets to win an argument.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Emergency Monitor Recommendations May 10, 2017, 09:58 MeanJim
 
Pigeon wrote on May 10, 2017, 08:27:
Well you can always get a free-sync monitor knowing you won't be using the free-sync part. Also 1080p monitors are cheap right now, so you could pick one up as a close gap till the 1440p market produces something you're interested in. Plus you'd have a spare/secondary monitor.

I've thought about that too, but since I'm spending money I might as well upgrade. Right now I'm leaning toward a 1440p 60Hz monitor. Sticking with 60Hz is half the cost of a whatever-sync monitor. I don't even know if 144Hz would benefit me since I don't play twitchy competitive multi-player games anymore. I'm sure it would still give a better experience in single-player games by having more responsive controls, but is it worth the price?

BTW, I left my system on overnight with the monitor sleep disabled, but I hate doing that. I'm really paranoid about leaving my system on when I'm asleep or not at home. I used to only turn it off when I was asleep because the noise and LEDs bothered me. I used to turn it on in the morning and leave it on until I went to bed, but a few years ago about 5 minutes after getting home, smoke and flames started pouring out of my PSU. I was going to pick up food on my way home, but the line at the place I was going to stop at was long so I just went straight home instead. I don't think I would have had anything to come home to if I did decide to stop and wait in that line.
 
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News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin 2 Game Master Mode
5. Re: Divinity: Original Sin 2 Game Master Mode May 10, 2017, 00:45 MeanJim
 
The MP looks cool, but I'm not interested in it at all. I think I'm going to avoid it completely until I finish a solo run.

The MP ruined the first D:OS for me. I started out playing it with a friend, but our schedules changed and we never got around to finishing it. During the Kickstarter, I couldn't find a home for an extra beta key, so I activated it on my niece's Steam account. That extra beta key was supposed to expire at release, but it didn't so she got upgraded to the full game when it released. We started playing it together, but it was frustrating to play with her. She kept getting distracted wanting to wander off, break into houses and pretty much ignore the quests. She eventually lost interest leaving me with another unfinished game.

I did try to play through it once, but I didn't like the rock, paper, scissors mini-game being in single-player when your two characters had an argument. It makes sense in multi-player though. Usually we'd try to talk it out and if we came to an agreement we'd let one or the other win, otherwise we played the mini-game to decide the outcome. It ruined the role-playing in single-player because I don't get to decided which of my two characters wins the argument and instead the game takes over one character and makes me play RPS against it. I brought this up on their forums during the beta/early access period and a lot of people agreed with me, but the official response was to save scum it until I got the outcome I wanted.

Between the RPS mini-game in SP and the two failed attempts at playing it multi-player, I lost interest in playing it by myself. I still backed D:OS2 though. I thought eventually I would get around to playing and finishing D:OS on my own by D:OS2's release, but I don't know if that will happen because it keeps falling farther down my backlog list.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Emergency Monitor Recommendations May 9, 2017, 23:54 MeanJim
 
Pigeon wrote on May 9, 2017, 19:47:
I've been thinking of making a similar move. Gsync is better, though I don't know how noticeably better, and the quality control is better. Apparently there are varying degrees as to how well monitor manufactures implement free-sync. On the other hand free-sync is about ~$200-$250 cheaper and should be a noticeable step up form what you have. There was a video posted a few days back doing, sort of, an apples to apples comparison between the two.

I'm kind of waiting for the 2nd gen of 1440p IPS G-sync displays to come out. Ideally I'd like to see one with HDR and the backlight bleed issues taken care of. Unfortunately the monitor manufactures seem to be pushing 4k right now for gaming monitors, so I'm not sure how much love 1440p is going to get. The only 2nd gen 1440p monitor I've seen announced was from Acer, and had a curved screen and eye-tracking, both things I have little interest in. Anyways I'm feeling ya, the adaptive sync market is a bit wonky right now, and the idea of dropping $800 on a monitor where features can only be used with one brand of video card has stopped me from pulling the trigger numerous times.

EDIT: Here's the Link that was posted on blues a few days ago.
EDIT 2: And to add to the confusion FreeSync 2 is now a thing.

I saw that video a few days ago. I used to alternate between nvidia and AMD because they used to be closely matched and it just happened that when it was time to upgrade my GPU, it was the other brand that was winning. My last 4 GPUs have been nvidia though. The last time it wasn't by choice though. I bought an AMD, I forget the numbering (I think it was 47xx). After I put the card in, I saw the POST then my monitor just went to standby as the system booted up. I returned the card thinking it was defective, but the replacement was the same. I read on some forums of some people having the same issue with the card only when using DVI, so I tried the VGA port and it worked. I tried different DVI cables as suggested, but I couldn't get it to work with my monitor. I returned it and got the nvidia equivalent at the time (GTX 260 I think) which was more expensive for slightly less performance.

Since then nvidia was always the best performer for the price when it was time to upgrade. I'm still not sure I want to get a g-sync display and lock myself into nvidia cards given that I don't upgrade my display that often.

It seems like every high refresh rate display has either g-sync or free-sync in it. I haven't found a simple 1440p 144hz display without either. I've been looking all night and haven't been able to decide on something. I hate making a rush purchase, and I'm out of time now. I need to go to bed and I have to decide if I'm going to shut my system down and hope the monitor comes on tomorrow or leave the whole thing running just to keep the display powered on.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Emergency Monitor Recommendations May 9, 2017, 18:00 MeanJim
 
My current monitor has been acting up for a while. Sometimes when it wakes up on after being in standby for a while, the left side of the screen flickers, but it always stopped after a minute.

I've been putting off getting a new one for a while as it's never been more than a little flicker for a bit every now and then, but just now it had only been off (standby) for an hour or so. When I woke it up, it flickered for a few seconds, then the bottom left corner went dark. Luckily turning it off and back on lit it back up, but now I really need to get a new one before this one gets worse since I don't have a backup.

I hoped this one would last a while longer until some sort of standard came out of GSync and FreeSync, but it appears that won't happen. I currently have a 24" 1080p 60Hz display. I'm thinking of going up to 27" 1440p and 144Hz. I just built a new machine, but kept my old GPU (GTX 970) since it could run everything I have maxed out at 1080p 60fps. I'm a bit concerned that the GTX 970 can't handle some games at that 1440p and upscaling generally looks like shit.

I'm not loyal to nvidia or AMD, but I'd hate to lock myself into one brand by buying a GSync or FreeSync monitor. So this is kind of where I've been stuck in my decision making process. I can just grab a 24" 1080p monitor a lot cheaper and wait for some sort of xSync standard, or go ahead and upgrade now to a larger, higher resolution, higher refresh display with GSync (since I'm already on nvidia).
 
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News Comments > Stellaris Turns One: Digital Anniversary Edition and Free Portrait Pack Released
6. Re: Stellaris Turns One: Digital Anniversary Edition and Free Portrait Pack Released May 9, 2017, 14:54 MeanJim
 
Cutter wrote on May 9, 2017, 12:52:
Still waiting on this thing to hit $20 at least before I even consider buying it.

It's been on sale for $20 before, so why don't you have it already? The game was only $35 on Steam at release with the 10% release discount. I splurged and bought it at release. I got it for around $30 from GMG.

Paradox stays active on their games for a long time supporting them with expansions and DLC, so if you're waiting for an "everything" pack for $20, you will be a long time.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Game Reviews May 7, 2017, 00:11 MeanJim
 
Caladell wrote on May 6, 2017, 23:28:
I need to reinstall Conquistador. Got distracted with other stuff, and never got very far into it. Really enjoyed what I played though.

Same here. I was just going to try it out one night. Like I do with many RPGs, I start it up to check out character creation and maybe play a little bit of it. With Conquistador, I got sucked in for over 6 hours. I finally had to stop to go to bed, but I've been wanting to come back to it and play more serious. With the release of Expeditions: Viking, Conquistador moved up my back log list.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black May 4, 2017, 19:40 MeanJim
 
This is why roads are the worst place for an emergency landing. When I got my pilots license, every instructor I flew with all taught the same thing, only go for a road as a last resort. Not only are power lines and utility poles a hazard that are hard to see until it's too late, you put motorist in danger as well. Although, looking at where this happened on Google Maps, there wasn't much else to chose from, and the short distance from the airport, there was not much time to make a decision.  
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3. Re: Starcraft source code May 4, 2017, 17:43 MeanJim
 
Creston wrote on May 3, 2017, 22:59:
It's amazing how few shits devs give about their source codes for games.

I'm pretty sure most devs care about their code, but they don't always own the code they write.
 
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News Comments > Prey System Specs
23. Re: Prey System Specs Apr 30, 2017, 02:23 MeanJim
 
Jerykk wrote on Apr 29, 2017, 00:47:
It's not really a formula if there's only one questionable example of it (Fallout). You're also conveniently forgetting that Interplay was already ruining the Fallout brand long before Bethesda bought it. Remember Fallout Tactics? How about Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel? Or the canceled Van Buren? Or Fallout Online? Bethesda's purchase of the IP resulted in New Vegas, which is a far better outcome than anything Interplay was doing with the series.

Fallout Tactics wasn't that bad. It was an action RPG and was never was meant to be a story heavy, choice and consequences type RPG. I bought it a few years ago on GOG for a few bucks. I actually enjoyed it, but I went into not expecting it to be on the same level as Fallout and Fallout 2. A lot of story content from Van Buren made its way into Fallout New Vegas. After that, Interplay was just a name only. The founders and employees responsible for all of their good games had left, and the asshats that bought the Interplay name are the ones responsible for the console shovelware Fallout: BOS and Fallout Online.
 
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News Comments > Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Specs and Deluxe Edition Preorders
3. Re: Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Specs and Deluxe Edition Preorders Apr 28, 2017, 19:50 MeanJim
 
I'd rather see them use the money on the game than license music that people wont listen to anyway. I don't even remember if the other Rising Storm games had music. The only Tripwire game I remember the music from is Killing Floor.  
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News Comments > Prey System Specs
21. Re: Prey System Specs Apr 28, 2017, 19:35 MeanJim
 
Hump wrote on Apr 28, 2017, 13:36:
Their insistence to call this game "Prey" reminds when MS insisted that the FPS game be called "Shadowrun" when, in fact, it was nothing like the original. Shadowrun, while a decent MP game, failed due to labeling a well loved IP something that should never have been. Unless Prey is something amazing, I predict its imminent failure as well.

Isn't that the Bethesda formula? Create an unrelated game that could stand on its own, but instead they buy a popular IP and slap its name on it and basically ruin both.
 
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News Comments > Scanner Sombre This Week
6. Re: Scanner Sombre This Week Apr 25, 2017, 18:44 MeanJim
 
ViRGE wrote on Apr 25, 2017, 02:10:
Huh, this came out of nowhere. Introversion stuff is usually fun, so I'll definitely have to check it out once it's released.

They announced it about a year ago after "finishing" Prison Architect.
 
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3. Re: Take-Two shuts down Red Dead Redemption mod for Grand Theft Auto V Apr 23, 2017, 18:33 MeanJim
 
If Take-Two are smart, they would hire them and will give them what they need to do it properly.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
23. No subject Apr 23, 2017, 14:30 MeanJim
 
John Deere, you just guaranteed that I will never own or license anything from your company, ever.  
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4. Re: etc., etc. Apr 17, 2017, 23:08 MeanJim
 
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 17, 2017, 21:02:
Steam Competitor
Please be Amazon
Please be Amazon
Please be Amazon

The best orgasms of you life lost to electronic gadgets, there are going to be a lot of grumpy 60 year olds.

Amazon owns Twitch, witch is now selling games, but I don't see that being a big competitor to Steam.

Creston wrote on Apr 17, 2017, 21:57:
It's not Amazon, it's TenCent. We'll see how it turns out.

They can't be that massive, I've never heard of them before now.
 
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