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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
1. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 8, 2017, 17:16 Pigeon
 
And hear I thought the only thing they did that changed everything was the stupification chip that makes people think anything on that list was unique to the iPhone and gets them to plunk down $600 every year or so for the newest version.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2017, 14:32 Pigeon
 
Well so far my home team has taken advantage of a weak schedule and unfortunate injuries to advance to and deeper into the playoffs. At the moment it's looking like their luck has run out as they'll likely be facing the Patriots next week. But who knows, Brady could slip on a patch of ice this week, fall over a railing and land on Edelman.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Nerfs Detailed
13. Re: Overwatch Nerfs Detailed Jan 6, 2017, 17:15 Pigeon
 
Phasenoise wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 16:26:

I'm guessing it's some xmas rush of mouthbreathers or maybe young kids?

I got matchmaked into a group of what sounded like tweens, squeaky cracking voices and all. It was awful, I wanted to jam a screw driver in my ear and pound it the rest of the way in with a hammer. 'Well he called me a bad Winston', 'Yo, don't mess with mah boy bro, he'll get mad you don't want him mad'. We actually ended up winning, but I couldn't hit the exit game button fast enough after the match.

But just to again echo what everyone else is saying about the matchmaking, IT BITES. I really miss traditional style servers, I'd usually find 2 or 3 with a good player base and stick to those. With this game being so heavily reliant on teams working together (it's quite difficult IMO for any single player to truly carry) I really wonder why it seems like so many players have no idea what they're doing.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Nerfs Detailed
7. Re: Overwatch Nerfs Detailed Jan 6, 2017, 13:22 Pigeon
 
Quinn wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 13:02:
Targets are now pulled directly in front of Roadhog (rather than straight to him)

I have read this line over and over and over and over and over again... but I still don't see the difference.

I had to look into this, and while I don't think the explanation makes much sense, what they did does make sense.

So basically with Roadhog there were certain situations where if you hooked the target could somehow not end up infront of Roadhog. In personal experience I've hooked opponents and had them go flying and other times where I don't know where the fuck they went. It's rare but it happens (I suspect it's due to movement and/or geography). Now supposedly this will just put the opponent in front of roadhog no mater what, more of a bugfix IMO.

Nimh wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 13:09:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 12:02:
Overall I still dislike Overwatch match-making as a whole though ;/ It's is by far the worst

+1 The feast/famine matchmaking is why I stopped playing. I know it's part of their "addictive gameplay" algorithm, but it's just not for me.

Agreed, this has been a lot of my frustration as well. I had a good win streak this weekend, and I've not really wanted to play cause I'm afraid of a massive losing streak, again, that will send me into the dregs. Which is pretty much what's happening... It also makes me not want to heal, I like healing, but healing for bad teams sucks goats. Yesterday I was healing for a team where everyone went off in different directions and then wondered why hey weren't getting heals... especially our 'offensive' Hanzo who hung around back while everyone was advancing the on the point (just not all from the same direction). /rant

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2017, 13:07 Pigeon
 
I don' think it's much of a spoiler but secret texting everything anyways:

VaranDragon wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 12:21:
Tarkin and Leia looked, off somehow. Still it was okay I guess, I think the tech is still a ways off before we get convincing CGI actors but we're getting there.

Response: Leia wasn't on screen for very long, so I didn't really get a good chance critique it, but Tarkin... Overall I'd say it was a very admirable effort, but certain things pulled it away from the 'real' look. A lot of the facial expressions were either too exaggerated or plastic looking. Granted this is probably the hardest thing to do in CGI, faces and facial expressions are very important in human communication so we pay a lot of attention to those kinds of details. I honestly didn't mind it though, my biggest concern is the take home message will be to other film producers that most people couldn't tell, and they will then do half-assed versions of it and/or be more judicious with its use.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Nerfs Detailed
2. Re: Overwatch Nerfs Detailed Jan 6, 2017, 11:53 Pigeon
 
That is a big nerf to Ana. While I agree it needed to be nerfed, I think it’s one of the reasons for the undesirable 3 tank meta, such drastic changes seem more knee jerk than systematic.

Personally sad about the changes to D.Va, one of the few characters I felt I played well enough that I could semi-carry an otherwise ineffective team. I dive the crap out of the opposing team, take out or at least harass their healers enough they’re not really healing, and chase down anyone low health or some sort of status ailment (and punish Pharah for showing her face). But I think all of that should still be more than viable, I just have to be more careful. Her ability to GTFO is really what makes her good in those situations, and true enough to the patch notes the only character I really feared was Mei. Not because she could solo kill D.Va (she can’t), but because she could freeze D.Va long enough for the rest of the team to respond.

Not enough of a buff to Sombra to make her effective IMO. Too many heroes left clicks are too strong for it to matter much. I feel like they really don’t know what they want Sombra to do, she has scout/harassment based abilities like tracer, but not as strong, but also has utility with support which means she has to stay closer to the main group to take full effect.

I voiced my thoughts on Roadhog in the previous thread, but basically broken hook is broken, but will the changes be buggy in the other direction.

As always I guess we can only see how this shakes out in actual game play.


MattyC wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 11:34:
I feel like the Roadhog change was needed, but I really haven't played enough lately to comment on the others. I only really came back when the holiday event started.

They are, I imagine the buggy nature of it is probably more prominent in the higher levels of competitive (where players have the skill to take advantage of it more consistently), but I've been on both ends of it in the lower and mid echelons. As I said it remains to be seen if they way they changed it doesn't introduce the opposite problem.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: G-SYNC HDR Monitors... Jan 5, 2017, 11:24 Pigeon
 
I'm just going to go ahead and start finding a buyer for one of my kidneys now so I'll be ready to pounce when those monitors come out...  
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News Comments > Overwatch Roadhog Nerfs Incoming
3. Re: Overwatch Roadhog Nerfs Incoming Jan 4, 2017, 14:59 Pigeon
 
Fion wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 13:56:
Yea they really need to do something to break up the current meta. It's almost as bad as early on in the games release when every pro team ran 2 Winston, 2 Tracer & 2 Lucio lol.

I expected this nerf but I gotta say, I'm surprised there aren't Symmetra nerfs mentioned anywhere. I mean her photon beam out-DPS's most the actual DPS heroes and has the added benefit of being auto-hit. I've seen this 100 HP/100 Shield Support character solo-take down Raging Winston.

I think part of the problem with their balance is so much of it is done to balance at the higher rank of competitive, where a low skill cap hero like Symmetra is fairly easily countered by higher skill capped heores played by skilled players.

I think Phara fits into the same category (though I think she takes more skill to play than symmetra). A decent Phara player can absolutely wreck teams in the low golds and below ranks because people don't look up, or feel dealing with her is the sole responsibility of one team member, i.e. soldier.

I know it's not easy to do, and I certainly understand wanting to make sure top level play is balanced, but I think they should try to keep the lower levels of play (where most of the player base is) in mind too.

And since I'm complaining about things, and this has nothing to do with balance but... Dammit Lucios stop jumping in front of me right as I try to nano Rein >_<
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 4, 2017, 14:31 Pigeon
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 11:20:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 11:14:
“While various statistical explanations for this ‘no-result’ finding have been considered, none are consistent with increasing revenues, which suggests the explanation lies elsewhere.”

According to McKenzie, there could be several explanations why box office attendance wasn’t influenced. Pirates might simply be continuing their old habits because the catch rate is relatively low, or it’s possible that they’re taking measures to hide their piracy habits. Through VPNS or by switching to streaming or cyberlocker services which aren’t monitored, for example

Or maybe, assuming moderate attempts to curtail blatant mass piracy, piracy has little to no impact on box office revenue. The same as it's always been pirated copy does not necessarily mean a lost sale. I'd say one conclusion you could take from their research is whatever effect piracy is having it is so minuscule it is overwhelmed by other effects.

Doesn't necessarily, yet some absolutely does. If there was no piracy, would the average pirate consume no media? No, he'd definitely pay for more.

More likely, "don't pirate this" warnings just don't deter people that already don't care about their pirating, either because they just don't care or because they spend time moralizing it with things like "it doesn't hurt anyone" or "my pirating it just increases public awareness and will actually make those people money!"

Even if you could hypothetically stop all piracy I don't think it'd be enough to make a truly noticeable difference. Marketing, economy time of year, and stickiness of theater floors probably have a much larger impact on box office revenues than current levels of piracy. To be clear I'm not advocating piracy, or excusing it. Even if its not the same as breaking into someone's home or stealing a car it is still stealing. I'm just of the opinion things like those annoying condescending ads, or worse measures that increase the cost and/or difficulty of consuming the media are useless or in some cases harmful to the consumer and industry.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Roadhog Nerfs Incoming
1. Re: Overwatch Roadhog Nerfs Incoming Jan 4, 2017, 11:41 Pigeon
 
Hopefully this should minimize the BS hooks. I've been on both ends of it, and while not frequent it is certainly a problem. My only concern with the proposed changes is it will make it too easy to break a hook. Currently getting 1 or 2 key hooks is very important at breaking a choke point where it's generally easier to break LoS. Maybe increasing the speed of the chain would help that along with the other changes. Guess we'll see how it all shakes out when the change hits. Not a huge fan of this 3 tank meta. 3 tanks 2 healers and that's most of the group composition spread across 7 out of the 23 heroes. Granted at this time Roadhog is more of a DPS than the tank he is classified as, but he's pretty essential for that setup.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 4, 2017, 11:14 Pigeon
 
“While various statistical explanations for this ‘no-result’ finding have been considered, none are consistent with increasing revenues, which suggests the explanation lies elsewhere.”

According to McKenzie, there could be several explanations why box office attendance wasn’t influenced. Pirates might simply be continuing their old habits because the catch rate is relatively low, or it’s possible that they’re taking measures to hide their piracy habits. Through VPNS or by switching to streaming or cyberlocker services which aren’t monitored, for example

Or maybe, assuming moderate attempts to curtail blatant mass piracy, piracy has little to no impact on box office revenue. The same as it's always been pirated copy does not necessarily mean a lost sale. I'd say one conclusion you could take from their research is whatever effect piracy is having it is so minuscule it is overwhelmed by other effects.
 
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News Comments > New Overwatch Map Launches
6. Re: New Overwatch Map Launches Jan 4, 2017, 08:52 Pigeon
 
Yeah, I've been playing a lot; very active user base too queues for competitive are often less than a minute, and the other modes aren't much longer depending on the time of day.

I'd like to see some different map types, like CTF, that might shake up the play style a bit and give some of the heroes a bit more value in competitive than they currently have.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 21:38 Pigeon
 
Verno wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 15:16:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 13:13:
freesync+HDR, yes please. I can only hope with the widespread industry adoption of freesync Nvidia will be forced to support it. While it's hard to do an exact apples to apples comparison g-sync appears to add an extra $200-250 over the price of a similar free-sync monitor. IMO you're better off pumping that money into a better video card. I seem to remember reading somewhere that gsync laptops worked in the same way as free-sync, i.e. they didn't have the proprietary gsync chip, and all the work was done on the GPU.

The FPGA module itself is only like $50, add another $30 for associated manufacturing costs but monitor manufacturers are pricing some profit into the equation. That's understandable because G-Sync is the significantly better tech right now and it's very desirable with enthusiasts as a result. Most of the FreeSync monitors I've tested had garbage ranges and the few with decent ones were priced very highly themselves.

I disagree with your assessment about "better off spending more on the video card" too. A monitor is multi-generational, you can have them for a very long time. Video cards are really hit and miss, some cards like an 8800GTX are real time winners but others barely limp past a few years of effectiveness. I would have no problem saving up a bit and dropping $800 on a monitor, you stare at it all the time so quality is important and I want something that will do the rest of my setup justice. I'd also point out that uneven framerate consistency is where Freesync/G-Sync shine. If you dump $800 into a video card then you don't really need it at all, you're going to push high frames in everything...for the 3 years that card is relevant anyway.

Well the cost has been a bit of a pissing match between Nvidia and the manufacturers. It's my understanding gysnc is requiring a slightly different manufacturing process. The housing (bezel) needs to be redesigned from the standard housing the manufactures use to accommodate the chip. Considering the production yield of gsync monitors is a lot smaller than that of other monitors the manufacturing costs are spread across a smaller pool. And while I have no doubt monitor manufactures are applying an enthusiast tax, I also have reservations that nVidia is being entirely honest about the true costs of adding the chip.

I agree a monitor is a longer term investment than a video card, but that also works against nVidia's favor. As a proprietary technology you'll be locked into an nVidia card if you want to take advantage of all those extra features you paid for, and there's no telling when they'll drop or change the standard in future generations of GPUs. While you could say the same of free-sync, being an open standard there are more parties invested in the technology.

I'm not saying gsync should go away, at the moment it is the better solution, but free-sync gets job done in most cases and is $200 cheaper to boot. While I've not had chance to compare monitors directly it's my understanding the differences are unnoticeable or barely noticeable in actual use. I think there's room in the market for both, but I'd like a choice and not to be locked into one brand of video card because of the monitor I've bought.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2017, 15:10 Pigeon
 
"If a constituent has a complaint, they can still lodge that complaint," Conway told NBC's "Today" show, adding that she hadn't spoken with Trump on this issue specifically. "They just can't do it anonymously. And many of these people -- members and their staffers who have been under investigation -- they have complained about their due process rights being violated and compromised. They need protections, as well."

Oh Kellyanne, how horrible that someone can report ethics violations without fear of reprisal.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, vowed to personally continue pressing for the ethics reforms. He said Trump's remarks "animated the press" -- leading the GOP to back away from what he said were changes that would have protected lawmakers from "public criticism that's generated by anonymous accusers."
"I'm concerned that now we have Republicans criticizing Republicans," King said. "We need to stay away from that."

We can't have republicans criticizing republicans which is why the republican controlled congress should be it's own ethics oversight... Do these guys even listen to themselves? There needs to be an app where you enter your party affiliation type in what you're going to say then it replaces your name and affiliation with that of a random member of the opposing party. If after that you're incensed by what you read you probably shouldn't say it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 13:13 Pigeon
 
freesync+HDR, yes please. I can only hope with the widespread industry adoption of freesync Nvidia will be forced to support it. While it's hard to do an exact apples to apples comparison g-sync appears to add an extra $200-250 over the price of a similar free-sync monitor. IMO you're better off pumping that money into a better video card. I seem to remember reading somewhere that gsync laptops worked in the same way as free-sync, i.e. they didn't have the proprietary gsync chip, and all the work was done on the GPU.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 3, 2017, 00:57 Pigeon
 
NOTE 7 FAILURE ANALYSES REPORT:

Confounded contraptions dun caught fiar din blowded up, er whudit the other way round.

I thought they already knew what the problem was; the battery fit was too tight making it easy to put too much pressure on it. Or maybe that's just what people were theorizing.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
2. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 2, 2017, 00:20 Pigeon
 
If only he had Liberty Medical they could have helped him manage his diabeetus and avoided this whole nasty affair. Or maybe he did and he left a negative review so they stopped sending his blood sugar testing equipment.

I had an issue with a subscription service a few months ago, it wasn't over a bad review, but I understand how maddening it can be to deal with that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 1, 2017, 16:28 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on Jan 1, 2017, 14:42:
Page seems to load a bit quicker, or is that just the power of suggestion?

Thanks Frans!


Seems a bit snappier to me too.

And damn 2016 just had to take one more. I'd say we're safe now, but I think the repercussions of 2016 will be felt for years.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 100 of 2016
5. Re: Steam Top 100 of 2016 Jan 1, 2017, 16:26 Pigeon
 
I bought nothing in the sales this year, pretty much cause I've got stuff to work on. Speaking of which I need to use my days off to put some quality time into Wither 3.  
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News Comments > Steam Award Winners
31. Re: Steam Award Winners Jan 1, 2017, 13:16 Pigeon
 
Jivaro wrote on Jan 1, 2017, 11:24:
I don't pretend to understand the tastes of people 20-30 years younger than me, nor am I angry about the differences. I am not even sure that it's just the young people that have game preferences so seemingly alien to me. There are quite a few types of video games that have never appealed to me that are very popular today.

That said, I do question using the phrase "just five more minutes" for a game that isn't a a turn-based game. I feel like a multiplayer FPS should be "But Mom...I can't pause!"




edited: spelling, sentence structure, alcohol related hangover. not necessarily in that order.

I understand the just 5 more minutes thing for a multiplayer FPS, but there is no time waster like a turned based strategy game. By its very nature you should be able to easily stop and pick right back up where you started, but you just can't not click that turn button. The only time I obliviously wasted a whole day playing a game was a turn based 4x. 'Why is it still dark out surely the sun has come up by now... oh it's night now'.
 
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