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Re: Out of the Blue
May 24, 2020, 18:08
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Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2020, 18:08
May 24, 2020, 18:08
 
The only anime I ever liked (and is still my favorite cartoon series to this day since I'm a gear head) is Speed Racer.

But if we put it into context... It was imported to America, the script and stories were changed, and obviously American voices dubbed in.

Is that still Anime?

Visual style, I guess so... sort of, The rest... not really.
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Re: Intel 10-series CPU Reviews
May 20, 2020, 21:05
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Re: Intel 10-series CPU Reviews May 20, 2020, 21:05
May 20, 2020, 21:05
 
Rumored leaks of the Zen 3 desktop chips is more than 17% IPC increase over Zen 2... Which basically would decimate anything Intel has currently in gaming, including this latest lineup.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 20, 2020, 09:56
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 20, 2020, 09:56
May 20, 2020, 09:56
 
HoSpanky wrote on May 20, 2020, 08:57:
I think it's more of a "Here's WHY we weren't going to support them, you dumb shits, but we'll let you do it THIS ONE TIME. BTW, it will be a huge pain in the ass and irreversible."

This.

But it is good that they are giving some folks an option.
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Re: Epic Offering Partial Refunds for Purchasing Games Before They Go on Sale
May 18, 2020, 17:09
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Re: Epic Offering Partial Refunds for Purchasing Games Before They Go on Sale May 18, 2020, 17:09
May 18, 2020, 17:09
 
roguebanshee wrote on May 18, 2020, 16:03:
What I've experienced with EGS freebies is that a bit more than half of them are DRM free, including the Batman Arkham games. The ones that require DRM aren't available DRM free elsewhere either from what I've been able to determine.

I sure would love to see a comprehensive list of AAA games that are DRM / launcher Free from EGS.
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Re: Epic Offering Partial Refunds for Purchasing Games Before They Go on Sale
May 18, 2020, 14:50
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Re: Epic Offering Partial Refunds for Purchasing Games Before They Go on Sale May 18, 2020, 14:50
May 18, 2020, 14:50
 
RogueSix wrote on May 18, 2020, 14:38:
It is already optional for quite a few games. MechWarrior 5 would be one example. You can create a shortcut to the executable and launch the game without the Epic client.

What's the ratio? Like 10% of their AAA line up? I'm not talking indy games that are easily available DRM free.

RogueSix wrote on May 18, 2020, 14:38:
Epic also deserves some credit for not repeating the Steam idiocy of double launcher DRM in the case of UbiSoft games. I have bought two Ubi games and some DLC (Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2) with coupons from EGS and after linking with uPlay you never need to launch the Epic client again for those games. Well, unless you buy a DLC on the EGS. Then you need to launch the game exactly *once* more from the Epic client to register the DLC on uPlay. Once that linking is done, it is back to uPlay only.

Well, that's nice and all, but not exactly what I'm talking about. I won't sign up for the other DRM's either.

Pretty much I convert (re-purchase) my games once they are on GOG (Like the Last two Deus Ex games just got on there). Eventually I will be ready to dump Steam. Any left over games at that point, I'll just crack and say goodbye to Steam forever.

Basically, I'm looking for another GOG... not another Steam.
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Re: Epic Offering Partial Refunds for Purchasing Games Before They Go on Sale
May 18, 2020, 14:25
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Re: Epic Offering Partial Refunds for Purchasing Games Before They Go on Sale May 18, 2020, 14:25
May 18, 2020, 14:25
 
Cutter wrote on May 18, 2020, 14:00:
It's good and it makes good sense but I'm off board until they end exclusives. They're no bueno.

As long as the "exclusives" eventually make it to other stores... it doesn't bother me that much.

There are fairly few games coming out that are a close to a launch purchase for me. The closest I can think of would be Cyberpunk 2077 after a couple weeks of reviews (and some launch patching)... and maybe The new Vampire Masquerade game. (Same thing after a couple weeks of reviews and some launch patching.)

I don't pre-order, and I pretty much don't purchase on "day one". If I had to wait a few months for those games to get in the store I wanted (Which I won't... but we're talking hypothetically)... I wouldn't be that put out over it. By the time the game reach my store of choice it shoud be patched well, and possibly on sale by that point.

/shrug
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Re: Epic Offering Partial Refunds for Purchasing Games Before They Go on Sale
May 18, 2020, 11:07
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Re: Epic Offering Partial Refunds for Purchasing Games Before They Go on Sale May 18, 2020, 11:07
May 18, 2020, 11:07
 
I have to admit I do like this. Make the DRM launcher optional, and I'll be on board.
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Re: Sunday Mobilization
May 18, 2020, 09:57
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Re: Sunday Mobilization May 18, 2020, 09:57
May 18, 2020, 09:57
 
MattyC wrote on May 18, 2020, 03:59:
I don’t have a solution for that whole area, but I will say that just because I will take the Apple Store over Google’s for phones does not mean I really like either.

I'm on iPhone8... but it will be my last IOS device.

My solution? Since I don't care about a lot of apps... A linux phone. Either a Librem 5 or a Pinephone when they are ready for prime time. Probably the latter since it is way more reasonably priced.

That said.. you can buy older phones with linux pre-installed on them. (Have to scroll down to get to the phones)

And if you all think that I have a tin foil hat on... this guy makes me look tame.
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Re: Sunday Mobilization
May 17, 2020, 17:19
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Re: Sunday Mobilization May 17, 2020, 17:19
May 17, 2020, 17:19
 
Let's see... For my daily driver (Non-gaming Rig)... I went from a 20 inch iMac in 2007 to a used "mid 2010 27" inch iMac in 2012. After OSX Mavericks (which was the last OSX version that I could deeply customize the desktop... so... Apple really pissed me off at that point which their walled garden shiz) went EOL in dec 2016, I slapped Linux on it and never looked back.

As of a month ago, I retired the 27" iMac (Put OSX High Sierra on it and donated it to a local family in need (new keyboard and mouse,too)), got a 32" curved 4k Monitor and a 10th gen Intel Nuc (6 core/12 thread, 32GB RAM, 1TB m.2 nvme ssd) vesa mounted on the back of the monitor... running Linux.

Honestly, I really don't need Windows or OSX for any commercial software... the open source equivalents are really good these days. Gimp (Photoshop), Darktable (Lightroom), DaVinci Resolve (Adobe Premiere), FreeOffice (Ribbon styled MS Office), etc. etc. And best of all... my OS and applications don't fsking spy on me!

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Re: GTA5 Giveaway Back Online; Civ6 Freebie Next Week?
May 15, 2020, 12:12
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Re: GTA5 Giveaway Back Online; Civ6 Freebie Next Week? May 15, 2020, 12:12
May 15, 2020, 12:12
 
Alamar wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:17:
And speaking of GTA V... Anyone know if it's any good? : )

I enjoyed it for the most part. It's a little weird to play 3 different characters (bouncing back and forth between them) as you progress through the main story... but at the same time it kind of breaks up the monotony of focusing on one character doing the same stuff over and over.

I have to admit Trevor (The character that is completely nuts) was a blast to play in a perverted sort of way.
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Re: The Elder Scrolls VI is Years Off
May 11, 2020, 16:31
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Re: The Elder Scrolls VI is Years Off May 11, 2020, 16:31
May 11, 2020, 16:31
 
I'm not sure one could really call it Bethesda's engine.

It's a bastardized version of NetImmerse / Gamebryo, although Fallout 3 was the last game listed by that engine company. So, I guess Bethesda wrote out enough to call it their own, but it's till based on the same crappy animation techniques of Morrowind (no matter how much they claim to have "improved it"... or claim to improve it in the future... we hear this BS every new Bethesda release and the character animation STILL sucks).
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Re: GeForce NOW Adds DLSS 2.0 and 21 New Games
May 3, 2020, 12:42
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Re: GeForce NOW Adds DLSS 2.0 and 21 New Games May 3, 2020, 12:42
May 3, 2020, 12:42
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 3, 2020, 09:20:
Kaspersky released a free av in 2017, around that same time I installed it on my laptop.
My laptop would occasionally lockup, troubleshooting revealed it needed exceptions to work w/malwarebytes. All was O.K. until 2019 when it made my laptop (not a powerhouse, but it is ssd equipped) slow to a crawl. Not worth troubleshooting again so I uninstalled it.
ymmv

Inquisitive Wong thread?
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Gets Another Adult Rating
May 3, 2020, 12:11
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Gets Another Adult Rating May 3, 2020, 12:11
May 3, 2020, 12:11
 
Squirmer wrote on May 2, 2020, 21:03:
GTA3 was banned back in the day because you could have sex with a hooker, then run her over and collect money (a "reward") from her body after.

LOL... I never thought of that as being a reward. Heck if you mowed any pedestrian down, or beat them with a bat , or whatever... they'd drop cash for you to "rob", and eventually the cop meter would go up. The only reason it didn't go up sooner is because you didn't use a gun... or specifically with hookers... at night and not a ton of witnesses around. So Rockstar basically got banned for trying to make their cop meter reasonably realistic.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
May 1, 2020, 12:28
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Re: Morning Tech Bits May 1, 2020, 12:28
May 1, 2020, 12:28
 
Verno wrote on May 1, 2020, 12:13:
I don't know about trading blows but they're usually within my margin of not giving a shit, I'm really happy with my 3900x and stopped checking benches lately outside of this release. But some people really care about every bit of performance with gaming and that's who Intel is trying to target, for better or for worse.

They're stuck for the next year or two and are just trying to make the best of their shitty situation. I think the community goodwill would be a bit better if they hadn't hammered us so much on price for the past 8 years. But hey their made their bed.

Right. The margin is negligible. I personally don't aim for a top end CPU... $200-$300 is my sweet spot for a gaming CPU. I won't pay $500+ for a few more percentage points in frame rates... especially since it's usually the GPU that will get replaced more often, and more than compensates for that.

Hell, I'm still on a Core-i5 3570k on my gaming rig, and since I game at 1080 still, I'm not feeling it holding back my GTX1070 all that much, which is the 2nd GPU in that rig (Went from a GTX680 originally).

The point is... I only need enough CPU to not limit my GPU by a drastic amount, when it comes to gaming. Intel has had very small increments of IPC from generation to generation... which is why my old CPU has lasted so long. I only upgrade for a Quantum leap of performance for my dollar... which IPC-wise is pretty much here for me.

Top end $500+ Gaming CPUs... Yeah, Intel's marketing will fool the less technical FPS gamer or the folks that don't do their homework. But, IMHO, most gamers are savvy enough to go to some discussion forums before they buy, and get some decent direction.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
May 1, 2020, 12:00
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Re: Morning Tech Bits May 1, 2020, 12:00
May 1, 2020, 12:00
 
Verno wrote on May 1, 2020, 11:49:
I think AMD gives better value for the money and I do a lot of the above I mentioned which is why I own a 3900x but many people give zero fucks about such things and just want the best FPS in CoD, Fortnite or whatever the kids are playing these days. That's who Intel is shooting for there.

But here's the thing... The current Ryzen's pretty much trade blows with Intel depending on the game (at roughly the same price point CPU). The Ryzen's coming in the next few months are sure to have a decent boost in IPC, which means not even 5.3GHz from this flagship Intel CPU will dominate.

As for overclocking... AMD never has left much room... but 14nm++++++ @ 5.3GHz... probably not much room there either.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
May 1, 2020, 11:42
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Re: Morning Tech Bits May 1, 2020, 11:42
May 1, 2020, 11:42
 
Intel Delivers World’s Fastest Gaming Processor.... at 14nm++++++++++++++++++!

5.3GHz... yeah that's the way to boost IPC.

And if the focus is HPC / Multi-core... it still can't beat the Ryzen 9 3900X at stock clocks and the AMD product is probably going to stay less expensive.

I'm no AMD fanboy... I've been running Intel since the beginning, and only skipped the Pentium 4 series in favor of AMD Athlon XPs. But Intel has really messed up the last couple of years and AMD has rightfully handed Intel's @ss to them with the latest Ryzen Series and the near future desktop release.
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Re: GOG GALAXY Version 2.0 Nears
Apr 23, 2020, 09:57
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Re: GOG GALAXY Version 2.0 Nears Apr 23, 2020, 09:57
Apr 23, 2020, 09:57
 
LurkerLito wrote on Apr 23, 2020, 02:32:
I not thrilled about it because I don't want or need all those features. But overall I am more upset that they killed the GoG Downloader than anything. That to me was the perfect client for GoG. No friends lists, no games lists, no chats, no forums, no store, no linking to other storefronts. You just go to the website click the link and it downloads all the pieces of the game and installer to a directory on your HDD. Nothing else in it, so nice and clean. Yeah that's also available in Galaxy as a "backup" installer download, but look at all that extra crap that is in there. Sigh

Wtf you talking about, Willis?

You don't need any "downloader". Just go in your library and select "Download Offline Backup Game installers" (Not part of any Galaxy App) and download each part of a game (Separated in 4GB chunks).

You usually don't need the patch files (usually game is patched already), or any other downloads listed in that area.

Yes you have to click more than one item to download... if you have enough bandwidth click them all in order right away (I have 300Mbit) and they will come down all at once. If you are buying a sh!t ton of games from a sale, is it really that inconvenient to come back to that window and start the next game to download? Did you even already install the 1st game? They aren't going away... they are in your library forever. If you have the bandwidth start a 2nd or 3rd game set of downloads at once.

That said... I don't run Galaxy. Even though they claim " Your privacy - Designed to protect your privacy - no spying, no data sharing, all your data belongs to you." I won't give even the slightest potential.

/shrug
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Re: Crysis Remastered Officially Announced
Apr 16, 2020, 18:35
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Re: Crysis Remastered Officially Announced Apr 16, 2020, 18:35
Apr 16, 2020, 18:35
 
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Apr 16, 2020, 18:22:
right, making everything blurry seems to be counter intuitive of having 4k and a high end video card

Motion Blur goes all the way back to the 3DFX Voodoo 5 / Geforce 2 era.

At the time the "high" resolution was 1280x1024, and the the LCD monitors couldn't refresh very well. (Aka ghosting or strobbing). Motion blur was introduced to trick the eye into ... well... smoother motion.

It truly is a legacy feature that isn't really needed anymore.

Bloom is just outright annoying. Always has been.

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Re: Crysis Remastered Officially Announced
Apr 16, 2020, 18:12
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Re: Crysis Remastered Officially Announced Apr 16, 2020, 18:12
Apr 16, 2020, 18:12
 
Osc8r wrote on Apr 16, 2020, 17:50:
wrlwnd wrote on Apr 16, 2020, 15:01:
I don't get the motion blur fetish.

It's always the first thing I disable.

Same, that and bloom.

Ditto on disabling both.
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Re: Crysis Remastered Accidentally Revealed
Apr 16, 2020, 14:31
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Re: Crysis Remastered Accidentally Revealed Apr 16, 2020, 14:31
Apr 16, 2020, 14:31
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 16, 2020, 14:02:
That single moment almost ruined the game for me.

That's what game cheats are for... when developers go overboard and make the game not fun.

I play games for the enjoyment and hopefully a decent plot. Not for the "challenge". So it doesn't bother me to cheat through ridiculous (highly subjective to a particular person) portions of a game.
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