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News Comments > Star Citizen is Huge
94. Re: Star Citizen is Huge Mar 12, 2015, 17:47 Tumbler
They should have added $37+3000 for a new rig to run it. Its hideously slow even at low res its an unoptimized MESS.

It runs really well on the 970. I upgraded from SLI 760's which I thought ran it fine but I think they're shooting for needing a 970+ to get it to run well. The bulk of the game will hit in 2016 it sounds like. Plenty of stuff should be up by the end of the year but I think sometime in 2016 might be a good time to upgrade and card prices will hopefully be a lot less by then.
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News Comments > Star Citizen is Huge
87. Re: Star Citizen is Huge Mar 12, 2015, 17:24 Tumbler
Are accounts transferrable? I know people have sold ships on eBay.

No, you can do a transaction outside of the site and then you can gift things to other people. So someone might use ebay to sell a ship the login to their account after payment is received and gift their ship to the person who paid them. (payment would include a user name or email probably)

I think there is a subreddit dedicated to ship sales. I've been considering buying another ship for a 2nd account that I might want to use exclusively for piracy.
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News Comments > Star Citizen is Huge
86. Re: Star Citizen is Huge Mar 12, 2015, 17:19 Tumbler
Looking forward to the 1.1 patch on the normal server because it looks like they're holding off on the REC system until that patch. I've got 1.1 on the PTU but no Rec to earn.

I want to earn some weapons!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 11, 2015, 15:59 Tumbler
John Oliver's show has gotten very good very fast. I watched the first few episodes and wasn't really excited to see more. These youtube clips they put up been a ton better. The content defy's belief when you consider what congress is actually working on each day while stuff like that US territory bullshit is what they should be working on.

The police seizure laws were another great one. Youtube

Holy crap, that was 5 months ago!? Maybe the shows been good since I stopped watching it! Maybe if HBO offers a general internet subscription package I can see it more often. Cut the cord recently and couldn't be happier!
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News Comments > Descent Reboot Kickstarter
37. Re: Descent Reboot Kickstarter Mar 11, 2015, 14:05 Tumbler
Assuming the video is a sign of what they want to build, no thank you.

I was a big fan of Descent way back when and having a fancier looking version of that game sounds boring. Flying through mines / tunnels isn't enough today and nothing about the ships is visually exciting.

It seems like they don't have a good art direction, the game looks very generic.

I think what I'd want from a "Descent" game today is a mixture of Minecraft and survival horror/monsters. It can still have a head to head action game but Descent might work as an IP if the game was about drilling into rocks where dangerous monsters were as well as rival miners that would try and kill you.

A typical match might start with 4 players a random spots around an asteroid, you start drilling into the rock and creating tunnels. There is already a tunnel inside somewhere that a huge monster inhabits. If you bust into that tunnel you're in trouble. If you bust into another players tunnel you could be in trouble. You could also connect that other players tunnel to the monster and he might never know it! At a certain point it'd be too dangerous to keep digging and it'd become an action game where you were trying to stay alive and kill the monster / other players.

You'd respawn as long as you had resources from mining. (you'd get upgrades with those resources too)

That would be awesome.
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News Comments > Star Citizen FPS Module Nears
11. Re: Star Citizen FPS Module Nears Mar 7, 2015, 17:10 Tumbler
It sounds like a major improvement for the "flight model" this patch plus there is now a free flight multi-player mode that allows you to just fly around and land, etc. You can get out if your ship as well and swap ships! Chances are you'll be able to test fly ships with ease this way!  
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News Comments > MS: No PC Xbox Gold Fees
30. Re: MS: No PC Xbox Gold Fees Mar 6, 2015, 15:55 Tumbler
I'm letting my gold sub expire this month, it came free for a year when I bought the box and apparently they've screwed up enough over the past year or so that my sub is up in March instead of Dec.

It's not worth paying for. I wouldn't be surprised if they drop the fee because they gave to be expecting the subs to drop off a cliff this month.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
22. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 4, 2015, 15:11 Tumbler
The most likely scenario I see is Barrack Obama giving him a full pardon as he leaves office. If I was Snowden I don't think I'd take the chance on anything less.

It certainly doesn't feel like his actions have led to a lot of investigations and punishment. It's almost as if the people doing all this stuff turned around and said, yeah we did it, and what are you going to do about it? ...and then nothing happened.

I saw that pic of a movie being made about him, maybe that will put things into motion. It's hard to even comprehend what is happening behind the scenes that he was trying to alert everyone to. A well made movie might be able to tie it together in a way many Americans can understand.
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
8. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Feb 28, 2015, 09:46 Tumbler
Underworld looks very shaky to me at that funding level. I was a big fan of those games but this new offering doesn't seem good enough.  
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News Comments > Ship Ahoy - Space Hulk: Ascension Salamanders
5. Re: Ship Ahoy - Space Hulk: Ascension Salamanders Feb 24, 2015, 16:28 Tumbler
Wait, I didn't think the newer space hulk game was out yet...did I miss the release?


Oh I see. The newer one is called Space Hulk Deathwing and looks a lot better visually. Youtube

Ascension is another release in 2014, the first was in 2013. People seem to like the 2nd release a lot better, improved visuals and it seems like the genestealers look better.

It's confusing why they call it ascension edition. It's not an edition of the space hulk game, it's a seperate game, space hulk owners don't get upgraded or anything like that...

Found this:

To cut it clear and short:

Space Hulk = a digital boardgame conversion. Dice rolls, original physical version rules and all

Space Hulk Ascension = a single player video game TBS RPG in the Space Hulk setting

Neither game replaces the other - they complement the Space Hulk experience. Some like one, some like the other and some both.

Weird, now I want that newer one...
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $73M; Rental Equipment Credits Controversy
116. Re: Star Citizen at $73M; Rental Equipment Credits Controversy Feb 23, 2015, 11:21 Tumbler
It gets more baffling by the day that people still have negative things to say about this game.

Atm it's $45 to get a jack of all trades starter ship (Aurora) or a Dogfighter starter ship (Mustang). With that purchase you get a playable game that is being updated at least monthly, new content being shown/discussed weekly, the most recent update brings the game way more into balance with ships like the mustang and Avenger dominating in pvp. (Avenger is $60, Mustang starts at $30 but I think the one owning my ass in pvp is the $90 Delta Version)

It's been a while since I purchased an in game ship but I am tempted by that mining vessel that just got introduced. The multi crew part is what makes me hesitate. I like my ships to be good for solo as well.

As far as the microtransactions / P2W / REC stuff I think it's just par for the course. We were always expecting players to be able to purchase credits in game. (limited per day I believe) The game still needs to be built so I don't think it's unreasonable to give someone a decent ship in the game if they kick in $300.

Considering everything can get blown up and it's gone for good I'm not sure what there is to complain about. A person pledging for $200+ might have a great starter ship for dogfighting but it still goes down pretty quick when it gets shot at. Even if someone has LTI (life time insurance) I don't expect that to mean they can just respawn instantly in the same area and come out in a fully armed ship while someone else can only die once then needs to work up to getting everything back.

Insurance is going to be fairly cheap so whatever the downside is for dying the only difference for a new player and an original backer with LTI is going to be a small amount of credits.

The REC stuff is meant to protect the value of pledging. They could let everyone fly any ship and use any weapon but that is a huge reason people pledge in the first place. When ships come out in Arena Commander it's an opportunity to use them now versus waiting until the full game comes out. REC keeps that in line. No one is going to be buying in at $45 and then earning rec to get all the ships that othered paid hundreds of dollars for.

It's pay to develop at this point, there is no "win" right now. Would the game be better if no one owned any ships other than the aurora / Mustang at the start of the game? Mabye, but then the game wouldn't exist or if it did some publisher would be pushing it out the door complete or not this holiday season and getting ready to build the rest of the game and call it Star Citizen 2.

This game is more fun to be a part of in development than most games are after they are complete and on store shelves. And we've seen games that offer premium high powered vehicles for sale to compete with people who earned them play the game. (world of tanks) Those premium tanks do not dominate everyone. Matchmaking puts them against similar powered enemies and at the high end the paid tanks end up a notch below what a player earning credits and xp from playing the game can get.

CIG is going to continue building newer and betters ships for the game and people will have to earn those in game. In a rather short time I'd expect that everything that was pledged for will be a notch below what you can earn in game.

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News Comments > Dying Light Tops U.S. January Sales
6. Re: Dying Light Tops U.S. January Sales Feb 14, 2015, 10:56 Tumbler
Seems like this guy and Phil Fish need to team up. That would be very entertaining.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
43. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 12, 2015, 16:42 Tumbler
I'm not advocating against vaccination, but those people who insist they have a right to decide if their babies will be forcibly injected with drugs are the ONLY people with any sense. They absolutely MUST have the RIGHT to DECIDE. And if their concerns are addressed and questions adequately answered, they'll CHOOSE to vaccinate. i am deeply worried and embarrassed to share a species with anyone dumb enough to waive that right, or worse, advocate its elimination.

That sounds like I'll do a little research...

SACRAMENTO Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento and Senator Ben Allen, the former Board President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will introduce legislation that will repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines in our schools.

Yeah, see, you're the fucking problem. You and a lot of other people hear some little snippet and rather than looking into it closer you just jump to whatever conclusion you want.

The law would change an exemption for going to public schools. Currently you have to have your kid vaccinated to go to public schools. But there are exemptions! And one of those is "Personal Belief" aka the parents don't believe in Vaccines.

They are talking about getting rid of that exemption. No one is going to force drugs into your baby. You can home school them, you can send them to a private school (although my guess is they might follow this policy soon) or whatever you want but if you want public school then you need to them vaccinated.
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Feb 12, 2015, 14:43 Tumbler
Oooo defect looks cool. Build spaceships and blow them up! I'm in! I just bought Gratuitus 2, need to try that too.  
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News Comments > Ship Ahoy - Evolve
33. Re: Ship Ahoy - Evolve Feb 10, 2015, 16:42 Tumbler
Will be interesting to see a few games on Twitch or youtube.

It seems like they're trying very hard to present it as an alien / predator esqe horror game but all I remember from the beta was it felt more like a game of chase the monster around.

There was never a chance to surprise the players and attack them, it seemed like it was all too obvious where you were. (the monster)

When they started talking about this game I figured it'd be something like a dark jungle you had to sneak around in. Like the hunters start with a pistol after having crash landed or something. They have to sneak closer to each other and find their weapons and armor. Maybe they have to cover themselves in mud to be invisible, maybe they need to sharpen spears and set traps, maybe the monster looks like a predator. Maybe they should have just made a game like what happened in predators?! Lots of hiding and sneaking around and once the humans have equipped themselves back up they can hopefully kill the a predator style annihilation of jungle with a mini gun!

I'm willing to give the game my attention for a few hours, if it's good then it's probably something I want to play...but I don't have a lot of hope.
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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline Beta Details
19. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Feb 9, 2015, 15:06 Tumbler
Frags4Fun wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 11:36:
ELITE wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 10:57:

I'd rather have Battlefield 1942 updated...


With BF 2142 updated as DLC!!!!!
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News Comments > Star Citizen January Report; Funding Passes $72M
29. Re: Star Citizen January Report; Funding Passes $72M Feb 7, 2015, 23:38 Tumbler
Is it just me, or does it feel like the flight model handles the same during the races as it does in outer space? I would expect less inertia in the atmosphere as the ship should be able to use the atmosphere to turn more sharply (should also result in a lower top speed through frictional resistance).

I think it plays just like space, I don't think there even is a flight model for atmostphere flight. I think you're expected to boost while you turn all the time which I find annoying. Racing might be more interesting if they disabled boost so you had to try and deal with all that speed in the turns.
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News Comments > Star Citizen January Report; Funding Passes $72M
21. Re: Star Citizen January Report; Funding Passes $72M Feb 7, 2015, 19:47 Tumbler
loomy wrote on Feb 7, 2015, 16:11:
Star Citizen's one module is actually pretty good now. And getting better. There's nothing quite like it. The closest thing would be a vintage game that nobody is playing.

I've been moving so was finally able to fire it up and play last night on a 970 gtx and my god does that things look gorgeous.

The game looks unbelievably good and it's handicapped by a lot of interfaces atm. That god awful helmet projection system is terrible but they've started moving that info onto screens in the cockpit. With all that crap out of the way it's breath taking.

I played a coop vandal swarm mode the other night and the most amazing stuff happened after I died when I could see the ship and the game without that interface getting in the way. After I'd used my lives and couldn't respawn the game just kept jumping around to other ships and letting me watch from various angles. Holy shit, that game is gorgeous. I sat there watching someone else fly around for at least 15 min just amazed at how good the game looks.

It's got a long way to go still for sure but what you can play today is damn impressive and prob worth $20 on it's own. I think it's $40 to buy in at this point at the lowest level, Aurora. I know that is the first ship they're updating on HUD. If you jump in and fly that some of the info has been moved onto the little screens already.

Also the hornet is a god damn death machine. I think I killed 1 guy in 10 waves, the other guys was in a hornet with 6 guns firing them altogether, my Avenger spent most of the time firing my main gun and getting no kills. Seems that having the same weapon on all hardpoints is the way to go. (or at least similar) Couldn't hit shit trying to fire my secondary sucker punch guns that are fixed. I guess using those means you're the sucker.
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News Comments > Sony Online Entertainment Sold
17. Re: Sony Online Entertainment Sold Feb 2, 2015, 16:39 Tumbler
the new owners still plan on releasing EverQuest Next as planned, though it sounds like supporting PCs is a low priority going forward, as TechCrunch says they speak of plans to develop more game for PlayStation, Xbox, and mobile.

oh my, polish those resumes!

Seriously, go find a new job. They're going to go out and hire the cheapest people they can get and make shovel-ware for mobile. Who buys a PC dev and changes them over to build PS, xbox and mobile stuff after they rebrand them. Heck, their name might be the only thing of value. (SOE) And they lost that in the purchase.

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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline Open Beta Next Week
8. Re: Battlefield Hardline Open Beta Next Week Jan 29, 2015, 15:19 Tumbler
Bad idea, bad price, bad timing, who green lit this?

I just realized this also has a SP campaign? I think this was simply a MP mod, I liked it better that way. Not only did they have to reskin everything so it looked like cops vs robbers they also had to make a SP campaign? Ugh.

They should have made this a MP only game and reduced the cost of the project so they could sell the game at a lower price. At $60 it's a joke...not even a funny joke, it's just sad.

This should have simply been one of the dlc packs for BF4 that would come free with the premium pass.
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