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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 21, 2014, 13:55 Tumbler
As a service for gamers Xbox live is an utter disgrace. The only changes finally came about when their whole business model imploded under it's own incompetence.

I have to chuckle at game journo's trying to give them credit for making the service better over the past few months. It's still a waste of money considering what other avenues gamers have to play games.

Matching the features of your competitor doesn't make up for the years of gouging consumers on the 360. I don't think they've learned shit. They've patched their boat's enormous hole but they haven't turned on the pumps to start pushing the water out. They're trying to cruise ahead as if this is totally normal.

I will give them credit for something though, that little remote they sell, it works with youtube now. Now I can use the box without touching that clusterfuck of a controller or talking* to that POS.

*talking - Yelling at it repeatedly before giving up and grabbing the remote / controller depending on what I want to do.
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News Comments > Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers Demo
3. Re: Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers Demo Jul 19, 2014, 21:49 Tumbler
Hearthstone expansion on Tuesday!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2014, 12:09 Tumbler
If anyone else was curious the Model 3 Tesla, $35k approx, should be able to drive 200+ miles.

Based on googling it you get about 3 miles per kilowatt hour. So a "full tank" should cost 66 KW/H's approx. For me that ranges between $0.13 and $0.33 depending on when the charge happens. Smart Meters!

Assuming that can be all $0.13 that is $8.58 per tank. I'm paying approx $70 a tank in my minivan which get 20 mpg. So on average I'm paying about $40 per "tank" if it were equal to the tesla.

Not sure how big that car is, I have 3 kids and the extra room in that minivan is necessary but cutting my costs by 75% on commutes would be nice! (plus no more stopping at gas stations!)

I drive about 320 miles a week commuting. Currently that is approx $70. If I could do it in the Model 3 that is $13.86.

The proposed mileage tax is making more sense if you consider how much revenue they lose from each driver who goes all electric. Looking at a quick gas tax breakdown in CA that is $0.82 in taxes on each gallon of gas.
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $48 Million
29. Re: Star Citizen at $48 Million Jul 15, 2014, 13:07 Tumbler
Alien languages sound ok. Not something that gets me more excited for the game but we'll see. If the devs are excited about it then it's a good feature to add.

Arena Commander needs control configs. I'm surprised they haven't gotten that working yet, even an outside little program that generates an xml file for your control method of choice so that the game is more playable.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 4 Survey
9. Re: Mass Effect 4 Survey Jul 15, 2014, 10:55 Tumbler
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 15, 2014, 09:56:
Meh sorry, but there are 0 epic sci-fi RPG's in the making. FUCKING ZERO.. so bring ME4 on and for all I care they could clone ME1 to ME3 again just with different characters and level, just make it HAPPEN.

I am so utterly starved for a good sci-fi RPG. And whatever, shooter too. There isn't even a good sci-fi shooter out right now. That's how broken the gaming industry is.

Cyberpunk 2077!

Star Citizen - There was probably a stretch goal in the past that will be adding a full sp campaign ala mass effect along side the FPS and space sim elements. (jk)

Destiny? Not the same but hopefully the success of this game will make more people want to try sci fi settings.

I'm with you on wanting more sci fi rpg's though, but let's shoot for something a little better than ME4. Just because we're starving doesn't mean we should hope for mcdonalds. Let's shoot for In & Out.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 4 Survey
3. Re: Mass Effect 4 Survey Jul 15, 2014, 09:41 Tumbler
Going out of business so another studio could make me4 would be a good start.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 14, 2014, 17:02 Tumbler
Quboid wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 14:59:
I'm all for people's right to protest but you can't justify any action with "it was a protest". Neither article explains what she actually did which, given how biased they are, speaks volumes to me.

The article is written poorly to say the least.

Didn't notice this the first time but this sounds like her crime:

"The incident that resulted in her imprisonment involved her making a video-recording of the arrest of protesters at the base (the protesters were later acquitted)."

It sounds like these protestors did something at the house of a guy who works on the base: (or maybe just her)

"She had previously been the subject of a protective order -- normally issued to violent stalkers -- relating to protests at that targeted Colonel Earl Evans, the mission support commander for the drone program."

It sounds like local law enforcement and judges are willing to arrest and imprison people to keep them from bothering the Air base personnel... Hopefully people in the area will remember this next time they vote for a police chief, judges, etc. Sadly I doubt anyone will lose their job over this.
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News Comments > Hearthstone Add-on Pricing and Details
3. Re: Hearthstone Add-on Pricing and Details Jul 8, 2014, 23:33 Tumbler
$25 seems more than reasonable considering how much "Free" gaming I've gotten out of it. I've bought a few rounds in the arena but the vast majority of my time is spent doing those quests that earn gold and buying packs.

The quests they make up are actually pretty good and making you tweak your deck in order to complete the quest and even if you don't win it's still fun to try and stack your deck with 5+ cost creatures or creatures that cost 2 or less.

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News Comments > BF4 Dragon's Teeth DLC This Month
2. Re: BF4 Dragon's Teeth DLC This Month Jul 8, 2014, 23:31 Tumbler
At least we know we can look forward to one kick ass trailer.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Monthly Report
13. Re: Star Citizen Monthly Report Jul 2, 2014, 13:46 Tumbler
Wildone wrote on Jul 2, 2014, 12:55:
I play/played A LOT of sims for a long time, but if you cant just instantly get a feel for the ships out of the box there's a problem. And there is a big problem with these, its like flying a 747 on ice-its all over the place! By contrast you jump into Elite Dangerous and you instantly get the 'oh I know this!!' feeling..its intuitive. I dont get what crap they say about the FCS or whatever it is. And thats just the start of the problems. Their ships are fantastically modeled & detailed, but man..they are trying to do so much too quickly and getting splintered. Unless they do something to fix the basic feel of the ships and the combat I cant see myself going back to it even though Im a backer. ED has all my attention

I do as well and many sims don't feel right until you properly config the controls to your tastes. The DCS sims are a perfect example. Trying to hover a helo in that using a joystick that isn't tweaked properly is kind of hilarious. Most joysticks are slightly different in how they report movement and if the engine is watching closely every single nudge adjustment you make does something.

In the case of Star Citizen it seems to be ignoring way to much on larger joysticks using in Hotas setups. The joystick reading seems appropriate for thumb sticks on my game pad but when I tried to use a CH fighterstick it was a complete joke because I'd have to make enormous moves to get the nose to make small adjustments.

I finally went and learned how to config that stick outside of the game and messed with the thresholds so that small movements were major shifts which is how sims should fly. (for me) The game was much more pleasant but I am holding off playing until that is in game because they do a whole host of stupid shit like mapping yaw to your rudder instead of the stick. Mapping throttle to my stick instead of leaving on the keyboard. On the Keyboard the up and down straffing are mapped to fucking E and Q. W & S are mapped to forward and back....who the fuck cares about straffing forward and back!? The shots are still going to hit you.... Being able to tweak all those things in game will make the game feel a lot better.

I think it's 90% control config issues. There may not be that much to do once you have the control issues out of the way, blowing up 3 ships is in a small deathmatch map or two is going to get old so hopefully they'll have a new map and some new ships to add this month.

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News Comments > Star Citizen Monthly Report
7. Re: Star Citizen Monthly Report Jul 2, 2014, 12:49 Tumbler
Wildone wrote on Jul 2, 2014, 11:45:
They are in deep trouble. They said yes to way too many goofy requests and didn't focus on the core gameplay (Dogfighting) hence why it sucks balls. Now they have to make good on it all and the result is gonna be a weird awkward mish mash of game types and mechanics, none of which will gel together. Im predicting there will be a huge re-focusing once they figure out it cant be done in a human timeframe. Fan boys will cry and probably commit hari kiri.

I think the mistake they made about 6 months ago was trying to deliver more content after the delay initially. The DFM was originally supposed to just be the Hornet to start. If they'd focused only on that ship I think we'd be seeing a much better launch of the DFM. (now called arena commander)

At pax east they told us about all the other stuff that will be in AC and it seems like another game tacked onto the development entirely. This may end up being smart because it gives them something the public can play but so far they're struggling to deliver the initial 3 ships in a way that most people will see as fun. Whenever the key binding / control config patch comes I hope that will help a lot of people enjoy the game.

It's pretty absurd that you need to setup detailed custom controls outside of the game that can be programmed to a joystick / hotas setup. The controller config isn't bad but without sensitivity settings it's pretty hard to use effectively. The Mouse and Keyboard controls can be used ok if you can adjust to them. The virtual joystick is clunky thanx to this little zone in the middle of the screen where your ship stops responding and you're supposed to use this area to aim. Problem is once you hit the edge of this imaginary circle the ship starts to turn. Making minor changes becomes very difficult doing it this way. You can change the mouse control mode to direct using Ctrl F but I don't like that.

I'm very pleased with the game in general at this stage, with a few control config menu's and them opening up MP to a lot more people I think it's going to be a lot more fun.
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News Comments > Space Hulk: Deathwing Trailer
6. Re: Space Hulk: Deathwing Trailer Jun 27, 2014, 16:48 Tumbler
Looks pretty. Hard to get excited after the last few 40k titles. I think this was all CGI stuff? The game might look that good but who knows what the "game" part will do to that look.

It would be fucking awesome is they scrubbed any HUD elements in favor of a little voice that gave you reports. Contact to your right. Low Ammo. And the interface would be just looking into the game.

Maybe something like Dead Space, some menu's might be nice.

I want everything to take advantage of the OC DK 2!
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News Comments > DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Preorders
1. Re: DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Preorders Jun 26, 2014, 18:37 Tumbler
Ooo, crossing my fingers for a 4th of July sale. Last year they did that, I think, and I picked up basically everything!

Got my Oculous Rift Dev Kit 2 on order but that shouldn't be showing up until august.

Hopefully the Oculous rift will work well with this!
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $47M
2. Re: Star Citizen Passes $47M Jun 23, 2014, 22:32 Tumbler

I have to say it's classic Chris when he says:

"I’m not comfortable promising additional features with each million unless they’re truly additive. When we have a new idea that really impacts the final game and needs the funding then we’ll offer it here… but you can expect a number of player rewards and new ways of highlighting Arena Commander as immediate goals!"

And then the next goal is a space plant!!!

Maybe he meant after 50 million.

And I bought that Xi-An scout ship because it's awesome! I mean it was only $ could I not buy it!
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News Comments > Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained
41. Re: Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained Jun 19, 2014, 16:04 Tumbler
I understand what you're saying, but I think you'll find that this won't handle like other games. Your yaw turn speed will be slower in turn rate and slower in reaction time due to the way they are modeling individual thrusters and a ship's true (and dynamic) center of gravity.

If they change this in the future that would be interesting but as it is right now it's not hard to use yaw to track your target. The only difficulty seems to be using straff to the left or right in glide mode. When you do that it's a very big shift in perspective and will be very difficult to aim with. However when you straff up or down there is almost no change.

It would seem that once you're in guns range you should click over to glide mode, use the stick to pitch and yaw to track your target and then staff up and down to avoid incoming fire. Course correction, turning, just doesn't seem important. You can tap glide mode on and on once the enemy is dead or out of range. Or tap it on and off if you want to bump yourself toward them.
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News Comments > Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained
37. Re: Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained Jun 19, 2014, 15:11 Tumbler
Strango wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 14:48:

In case you missed it in the article there is an entire section on Yaw vs Roll where they explain why it is setup this way. The quick summary of it is roll allows you to turn harder due to more thrusters being utilized and that hard non-banked turns will stress the ship and possibly cause damage due to the horizontal G force.

That sounds great on paper but in a dogfight the faster you can get your target under your cross hairs the more you're going to win the fight. My opponent may be able to turn faster by rolling and turning but I'm going to get my reticle on target sooner because I can yaw left and right and that is all that matters.

Using roll in combat will just get you killed. We're not going to be doing any turn fighting in this game ala WW2, it's going to be all about getting your reticle on target and the fastest way to do that is to have yaw and pitch on the stick.
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News Comments > Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained
26. Re: Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained Jun 19, 2014, 13:50 Tumbler
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 13:30:
Question I was accepted into the Dogfighting Beta, but have never purchased anything from them. To participate do I need to purchase a ship and the Dog Fighting Arena?

Yes you need at least one ship to play AC. Technically you need at least a ship "package" which is normally the Ship, a hangar, and either alpha or beta access. If you login to the website and to to "my hangar" it will show you what ships you own.

If you don't own anything at this point I'm confused why you got invited, maybe you can go walk around in the hangar? It's possible they will give you access to an Aurora even if you don't own one right now because there are plenty of ships that aren't in the game and they default to one of the three available ships. I don't own a 300i or Hornet specifically but I get both those ships currently because I own others like them which are not available.

It might be simplest to go here, it has a checklist of things you need before you download the installer.
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News Comments > Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained
24. Re: Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained Jun 19, 2014, 13:43 Tumbler
Jivaro wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 13:37:
I am not a CR fanboy who would pay money for an autographed piece of used toilet paper

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News Comments > Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained
19. Re: Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained Jun 19, 2014, 12:57 Tumbler
Frijoles wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 09:58:
As much as I can appreciate them going for realism-ish controls, I couldn't fly worth a damn. Hope it can be changed in single-player at least. Or maybe I'll just be Crew Member #5 on board the big ships.

That is normal with extreme manuevering, the thrusters are fighting to get the ship moving in the right direction while also trying to point you where you want to be. Using smaller inputs will minimize this effect which is what the IFCS should be doing automatically for everyone. I think they were just too ambitious with how little assistance they thought players would need.

It's setup how a sim jockey would want it where you're going to naturally expect to use smaller movements by default and almost never go to extremes. Bone headed decision in my opinion, the flight computer on default should be designed with a [-moron noob at the stick. Those WW2 fighters we're trying to mimic would stall even at high speed if you yanked the stick back, small inputs were the way to fly. But you put someone on a Extreme 3d Pro and they are going to push that thing full left when they want to turn left, no one uses tiny controlled inputs when they first start. It's a learned skill.

What makes this even more hilarious, they IFCS is setup for hardcore simmers, is the default left right on the stick is Roll, not yaw. In space combat you need to have yaw there, roll is close to idea why they thought people would be using roll. Maybe they thought the simmers would want to get blown up a lot and take FOREVER to get kills.
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News Comments > Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained
5. Re: Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained Jun 19, 2014, 10:18 Tumbler
There may be no problem with the flight model itself, the problem is likely the flight controls, aka the flight computer that is supposed to be assisting you.

They simulate empty space physics. I think all the fuss over how difficult the ships are to control has nothing to do with the flight engine / model. It's the controls that need addressing.

The IFCS in particular, the flight computer that moves the ship based on your inputs, is way too aggressive in how it turns when you have all the safeties on. I think when people have full computer assist on they want the ship to respond something like a plane does in normal flight. Instead the spaceship slides all over space and jukes and jerks when you make hard turns as it tries to correct your direction. With full safeties the IFCS should be limiting your inputs so you don't slide more than a little bit. That means when the player pushes hard right the ifcs may only try and turn you at 20% max rate. As you drop power it will turn your faster as it takes less energy to redirect you.

There is a safety called Comstab and if you turn that off then you should slide around just like everyone does right now. That feature is supposed to minimize your sliding but it does a pretty shitty job right now.

GSafe is the other safety which to me is useless unless they make the gsafe turning much slower than it is now. I don't notice any major difference in my turning when it on or off. With it off I start getting red outs and black outs so I just leave it on. I hope they will limit gsafe turning significantly so there is a reason to use this feature.

Coupled / Decoupled mode is the other major IFCS feature but it's just a glide mode toggle. The way they set the system up so you can only straff when in glide mode I think will be fixed eventually because I know everyone wants to be able to use thrusters to slide around in normal flight and right now you can only do that in glide mode. Currently I don't think many use the straff features in combat because they aren't mapped in a useful way. On a gamepad for example you pilot the ship with the left stick and you move your head around with the right stick. (you don't use the right stick very often) When you want to slide you press the left stick. (glide mode) When you want to straff you hold down the left trigger (in glide mode) and use the left stick...but that takes away your ability to pilot the ship!? It goes something like this, you are going head on with your target, you throw your nose off center, tap left stick to enter glide mode, use left stick to stay on target, fire with the right trigger, then you're supposed to hold the left trigger to straff around using the left stick while using the right stick to keep your guns on target?! Who the fuck thought of that?! It's a lot more practical to just keep your nose pointed at the enemy because they move a lot. In pvp this might change but for now I think straffing is useless unless we can map it differently. (right stick for controllers) Holding left trigger should give me head tracking in that case.

They need to let us config all the controls. It's hard to say if the flight model has issues when we can't even use all the functions on our ship is an efficient way.

I've been trying to wait it out but I'm about to go build an xml files for my CH Fighterstick because I'm sick of waiting for them to let me do it in game.

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