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Real Name Evil Timmy   
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Description I'm an electro/glitch/bmore/breaks DJ and long-time avid gamer from Hong Kong. BitTorrent is another one of my hobbies, and I've been an active part of the community since early 2003.
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Signed On Nov 22, 2003, 10:24
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News Comments > More on New Black Isle
19. Re: More on New Black Isle Aug 23, 2012, 15:16 Evil Timmy
that pile of crap Lionheart

Hey, the first, oh, third or so of Lionheart was awesome. Clever quests and setting, good variety in combat and enemies, just filled with good ideas. None of which made it into the super-grindy last half+ of the game, which was one dungeon crawl after the next. The devs obviously had something great in the works before crunch time hit and they had to churn out all the later levels. With another six months properly funded, they could have had a genuine hit, but clearly that's not what we ended up with. Yet another great game claimed by Interplay's (and by that, I completely and entirely mean the Caen brothers) spectacularly inept flailings as heads of a game publisher.
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News Comments > Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Next Year
27. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Next Year Aug 20, 2012, 18:54 Evil Timmy
The biggest trick I've found is using garlic effectively. Funnel all the zombies into fewer rows and your economy works much better, as you can narrow five lanes down to two, or six into three. Make the garlic 2-3 deep for easy management, and you can plant a bunch of sunflowers safely behind your garlic rows. Combine that with watermelons (even better with the freeze upgrade) and you're doing a lot of damage to multiple zombies with each shot.

The sequel will almost certainly be a Steam pre-order, as the brilliant minds at PopCap rarely disappoint, and PvZ has that awesome balance of casual accessibility and pretty hardcore depth and strategy.
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News Comments > Grid 2 Announced
35. Re: Grid 2 Announced Aug 9, 2012, 15:31 Evil Timmy
So...drift? Loved the drift mode in the original GRID, probably the best representation of that game style on PC since NFS Underground. It really forced you to have good car control and time exactly how you swooped from turn to turn, and I managed to keep a drift chain for an entire lap on more than one course. I also wouldn't mind going back to replays in all race types, I'd rather have higher difficulty overall without punishing small mistakes too much, rather than ramp it down and find most races too easy.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
19. Re: etc., etc. Jul 28, 2012, 06:18 Evil Timmy
I'm still wondering where all the complaints about Windows 8 are coming from. At least the bitching about Vista was somewhat justified: because of fundamental changes under the hood and not enough lead time for third parties, driver and app support were sorely lacking on release. Windows 7 was a glorified service pack to Vista, but had enough interface tweaks and years of settled drivers to really run well. Windows 8 seems to be getting a lot of flak for the new Start screen, but I find myself using it for, oh, thirty seconds in a two hour period. Press Start, type name of app, press Enter. Maybe glance at the forecast or a headline.

Other than segregating the different searches (apps, settings, and files) and not making it easy to switch between or combine them, at least the new Start menu is in some way useful. With a fast search, since Vista onwards the rest of the Start menu has been purely vestigial; why hunt through a list or menu when you obviously know the name of the program you're trying to start? Going back to other people's computers with XP and having to do so just feels backwards. In addition, 8 feels and is faster, it's leaner due to the tablet influence and boots in roughly half the time on my PC vs 7 (non-SSD). The Task Manager has probably seen the best improvement, along with being able to "reset" Windows without a reformat, but all in all this feels like the most consumer-tested Microsoft product I've encountered due to the multitudinous little tweaks.

So, again, why all the hate? Getting rid of the useless Start menu is a change, yes, but not an unneeded one. Clicking through folders as a way of organizing data is a dated idea, and slow, and that kind of structure is fading from modern computing in a general and fundamental way. Realistically, people will bitch and moan, then get used to it, then complain again when their Metro Start screen gets taken away in favor of the next interface paradigm. Touch will dominate through the next decade, then we'll be complaining that yes, the new direct neural interfaces are great, but Apple is trying to lock us in with their proprietary iGel to reduce the itchiness around the LightJack site, and Microsoft's bundling of the (clearly still beta) Office Cortex Edition is causing bouts of unconsciousness if you try and save PDFs with the trial version. You know, business as usual.
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News Comments > 3DMark DirectX 11 Tech Demo
24. Re: 3DMark DirectX 11 Tech Demo Jun 23, 2012, 18:22 Evil Timmy
Dev: That's a great idea, and all you'd have to do is take it one step further and apply that database to a program that does just what you said is nearly impossible. If you've got a DB with the config file's location and what can be tweaked, it's not a big leap to have a program that can apply at least some of those fixes for you. Toss in a video recorder, do runs at a couple target framerates and with different settings, have an integrated video player that allows easy A/B comparison, and let players choose which batch of settings they prefer without having to decide on High or Ultra across 20 different settings for a few FPS here and there.

With enough users (and, I dunno, giveaways for Most Used Hidden Setting of the Month et al) and enough hardware profiled (looking at you, Valve) finding the weak point in a particular user's setup shouldn't be too difficult. There'd have to be a balance struck, because while it could gather every bit of data about your system, at some point it's a privacy issue, and you've gotta deal with the massive amounts of information. This could, in theory, be a real boon to PC users, especially those who enjoy the depth and breadth of PC games but don't want or need certification-level knowledge about the inner workings of their setup. And the referrals garnered could easily pay for all the costs of setting such a system up.
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News Comments > The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion Announced
6. Re: The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion Announced Jun 14, 2012, 03:52 Evil Timmy
Did anyone else have a twinge of hope that we might see Sim Sam and Dean slaughtering their way through hordes of unearthly baddies in a decidedly unusual new town? Still never got the appeal of these games, after a short while toying with the RPG aspects I realize it's a boring grind in an even more boring setting, with limited quest options and opaque systems.  
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News Comments > New DayZ Mod for Arma II
36. Re: New DayZ Mod for Arma II May 28, 2012, 22:45 Evil Timmy
As with the Amazon DD version, you can install ArmaII then install Operation Arrowhead into your ArmaII directory. Voila, CO. Works just fine with DayZ and other mods.  
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News Comments > Gaikai to Debut Hawken
8. Re: Gaikai is shit. May 16, 2012, 01:00 Evil Timmy
Given the videos we've seen so far, Hawken seems supremely unsuited to the latency involved in a service like Gaikai. I'm glad the devs have found further sources of support which should fund further polish, but the fast-action combat and precision required might leave a bad taste in the first wave of the public experiencing the game.

I've tried Gaikai on the fastest home connection I've had a chance to use, and even with a tested 60Mbit+ and extremely low latency, the delay and quality issues are apparent. Certain games might be acceptable, but anything relying on precision aim and quick reflexes seems like a remarkably poor idea, especially as a showcase for a new game.
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News Comments > New Natural Selection 2 Beta; Trailer
8. Re: New Natural Selection 2 Beta; Trailer Feb 3, 2012, 15:46 Evil Timmy

Everybody donce!
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News Comments > How to Get Banned From MW3
11. Re: How to Get Banned From MW3 Jan 7, 2012, 22:18 Evil Timmy
One phenomenon I've noticed is the direct correlation between people who only play on their 40" bargain flatscreen's speakers and people who frequently claim others are cheating. A friend who was in that situation, and who was actually a fairly good and experienced COD player, fell prey to that line of thinking. He could aim and react pretty well, but kept on bitching about cheaters when it came to close combat or guys on the other side of a wall. He got a nice set of Turtle Beach headphones for an early Christmas present, and the look on his face when he realized that, unless he had Ninja Pro (or whatever it's called in MW3) to silence his footsteps, he could easily be tracked by sound alone (by anyone with a proper surround or headphone setup)...well, it was definitely a shock. The allegations of cheating have dropped off sharply since that revelation, and I wonder how common that really is, as he's not the only one with that setup.  
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News Comments > Half-Life 3 Clue?
8. Re: Half-Life 3 Clue? Jan 5, 2012, 17:21 Evil Timmy
Even if Valve had a particular release date in mind, what's the likelihood that they'd actually hit it, given their previous track record? They seem to be taking Trent Reznor's path, and over almost the same timeframe: less interested in the actual product, more interested in how the product is packaged, consumed, and sold. This isn't to say it's a bad thing, as we're going through massive upheaval in how every type of media and entertainment is distributed, and these experiments at the fringe are necessary. Digital music outsold physical last year, and boxed PC games are becoming dinosaurs. But I'd still love to hear a new NIN album that affects me as much as The Downward Spiral, and I'd love to play a Valve shooter with the solid, intelligent, seamlessly-integrated characters from, and gameplay innovations of, Half-Life 2.  
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News Comments > AMD Catalyst Preview Driver
3. Re: AMD Catalyst Preview Driver Jan 5, 2012, 15:27 Evil Timmy
It should be noted these are solely to provide bugfixes and improved performance for an upcoming Rage update, so unless you're for some reason still playing it, you can leave these alone. On the other hand, if you are still using 11.x Cats, the initial 12.1 Preview release had a number of performance tweaks, and they're as rock-solid as one could hope for.  
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News Comments > Blizzard's BlizzCon Apology
42. Re: Blizzard's BlizzCon Apology Oct 28, 2011, 14:48 Evil Timmy
Excellent post, Yaogun, and I totally agree. As Ben Folds oh-so-sarcastically sang, "Y'all don't know what it's like, being male middle class and white." After growing up on the west coast and fitting into that category, I moved to Hong Kong with my family at age 15. With white people making up 0.6% of the population, I got to experience being a minority, and even in a place where foreigners are generally accepted and treated with a level of respect, I still ran into racism on a fairly regular basis. Even those small doses were hurtful, but more than anything frustrating. Given the strong American sense of individuality, anyone ascribing something to me as a group rather than as myself, based on a snap judgment of some demographic they thought I fit into, felt humiliating, unfair, incorrect, and just plain wrong.

And that's simply casual bigotry, nothing targeted, but simply a reflex from ignorance or carelessness. Any group that's targeted, not just for verbal abuse, but exclusion, legal separation, and violence, has my utmost sympathies and support. Acts like this are dehumanizing, they separate you from both your individuality and from the rest of the human race. We're free to say what we want, and especially think what we want. I support anyone's right to put forth whatever biased, bigoted trash they want, would defend it to the death etc., but the consequences are that they can and should treated like ignorant, shameful, backwards pariahs that have no place speaking when grown-ups are talking.

Of course, as with nearly every socio-political issue on the planet, South Park has mentioned it in one of their episodes (the first 30 seconds is Cartman fighting a midget, skip at your own discretion).
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News Comments > Obsidian Interview
2. Re: Obsidian Interview Oct 22, 2011, 18:42 Evil Timmy
*Scruffy's voice* Second.  
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News Comments > Epic Not Working on New Unreal Games
7. Re: Epic Not Working on New Unreal Games Sep 21, 2011, 12:22 Evil Timmy
Let's dig out Jill of the Jungle and OMF:2097 for their next games. Surely they have a huge cachet with modern audiences, since they came out in...1992 and 1994, respectively. Seeing as those born in 1994 can now fully legitimately buy M-rated games. *sigh*

The world of their Samaritan demo seems pretty sweet, though, wonder if that's some of their new IP, or at least a version of it. I like the Blade-Runner-meets-Prototype vibe, and if next-gen console visuals are up to that standard, it'll be one last grand hurrah for separate gaming devices. After this upcoming generation, it's a solid bet our phones will be more than powerful enough to handle everything, whether on their own screen or hooked up to a flatscreen.
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News Comments > Deus Ex Clothing Line
12. Re: Deus Ex Clothing Line Aug 23, 2011, 03:36 Evil Timmy
That trench coat looks pretty decent, but I was disappointed to see they didn't make it with the textured/embroidered design panels like, say, everyone in the game is wearing. They're a cool touch that really sets the clothing apart, and makes it feel like it's a style trend from a different era. Sure, it might look a little funny in real life, but you're already paying $200 for game-inspired clothing, might as well go all out and actually get something that'll be eye-catching and maybe even conversation-starting.

Really wish I didn't have an early/long day tomorrow, otherwise I'd most definitely be marathoning through the game as we speak. The original gets a replay every other year and it's still great, if this game is half as fun and involving I'll be overjoyed.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 23, 2011, 00:19 Evil Timmy
Also, how useless is it to run the game at 1680x1050, especially when that'll result in framerates well over what any consumer-grade display will be able to output? They're benchmarks the old-school way: numbers that are useless except for the online equivalent of comparing sizes at the gym. That's why [H]ardOCP (BTW, thanks for the review link, Calwen) is always my choice for hardware reviews, due to their benchmarking methodology. What matters is what settings you can run on various hardware configs, not "This card gets 45FPS, whereas the other card gets 48FPS!" The former you'll notice most if not all of the time, the latter you'd be hard pressed to see without an FPS counter. Yet, the [H] is still the only place I know of using that far more reasonable performance metric.  
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
57. Re: Gone Gold - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Jul 27, 2011, 18:52 Evil Timmy
GMG = Green Man Gaming. They had DX:HR for $35 plus 15% off about a week ago. Probably worth waiting for the weekend and a similar sale. Here's a Refer-a-friend link, if you sign up through that and spend more than $5 we both get $5 credit, so feel free to post yours afterwards and keep the chain going.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Battlelog Battleblog
9. Re: Battlefield 3 Battlelog Battleblog Jul 21, 2011, 14:24 Evil Timmy
Heh, the title of this post is starting to remind me of all the Bat-accessories and their ridiculousness, especially the Adam-West-starring 60's tv show. Let's see how far EA might take it...

Guns? Nope, it's a Battleshooter.
Servers? Battlehost.
Players? Try Battlefriends.
Tank? Cruise around in your Battlehopper.
Money? Browse the EA Store and spend Battlecash.
Girlfriend? Battlestopper.
Chat? It's now Battletalk.
Monitor? Battlescreen.
Internet? Battletubes.
Finally, it's not called war's the battlefight!
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
8. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 20, 2011, 04:41 Evil Timmy
value for the consumer in micro-transactions and social experiences

So now you can tell all your FB friends you paid $5 for a shiny new Breastplate of Noobdom from a convenient button in-game? Hurrah!

I agree that the draw of the graphics is fading; if the next generation of consoles can live up to what's promised in Epic's Samaritan demo, especially if they can pull that off at launch and squeeze more out of the hardware as years progress, visual fidelity won't be an issue. The depth of play, however, is what they really need to catch up on, and that may suffer even further.

Yes, having 8GB of RAM and a quad-core CPU and other shiny silicon may lead to bigger levels and crisper textures, but it'll also lead to more artists, designers, coders, scripters, testers, etc who have to put more work into creating that same space. Choice has already been restricted sharply by the cost of covering multiple dialogue choices, branched storylines, the sort of real choice and change that games are uniquely able to offer among entertainment media, so what happens when it costs twice as much to enable each divergent path? Even the upcoming DX:HR, which isn't pushing current-gen consoles visually, is rare in having reasonably-complex dialogue trees that really effect story. Maybe the still-theoretical omni-platform game is the only way we'll truly see progress, interacting with a greater whole via the way in which each device is uniquely suited, offering targeted slices of a large world. By focusing on different methods of interaction (TV, PC, phone, tablet, ARG) we might get more than a fleeting taste of the uber-game many of us have been dreaming of since the earliest inception of gaming.
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