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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
19. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 18:51 BIGtrouble77
 
Regarding the hype and comparisons to the 970, I think there is some optimism regarding how well it's future proofed. If you buy the 8gb version it's not going to be quite as gimped in the future and it seems to have better driver headroom in anything optimized for DX12/Vulcan. The 970 only has 3.5gb memory so I'm not certain it will do well for dx12 games.

I might have been in the market for a 1070/1080, but I feel like nvidia is just gouging and couldn't meet the demand if they priced reasonably anyway. Now I just need to see if I upgrade now or buy when the Vegas are available during the holiday.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
11. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 13:43 BIGtrouble77
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 13:05:
It's also worth noting that these are all reference boards so if you plan to overclock for more performance, you're shit outta luck for the most part until AIBs are released.
XFX is releasing an overclocked "Black" edition today. It has a custom back plate that is apparently better, but comes in at $270.

I wish buying a card was a little more straight forward. I was going to buy one today, but I think I'll wait a few weeks for the AIB cards to come out now that people are seeing some really high temps.
 
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News Comments > Godus Dead?
8. Re: Is Godus Dead? Jun 28, 2016, 23:24 BIGtrouble77
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 28, 2016, 18:47:
If anyone is working on it they are making a financial mistake. That is now a cut your losses and on to the next. There is no chance that this will become some type of big seller all of a sudden.
Exactly, how long is this guy supposed to keep this horse on life support? I feel bad for that dev they hired to try and bring this thing back to life. I don't think anyone thought that was going to turn out well.

I'm curious to see what they come up with next. I'm so bored of Godus, hopefully it is dead and we can all move on.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
12. Re: Oops Jun 27, 2016, 01:31 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm never go to get GTA V at 60%+ off if people keep buying it in droves for these mediocre discounts.  
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News Comments > Civilization VI Videos
13. Re: Civilization VI Videos Jun 26, 2016, 01:36 BIGtrouble77
 
Total-Khaos wrote on Jun 25, 2016, 12:27:
So tired of this cartoony bullshit. Give us a real Civ game please.

It's called Europa Universalis IV. Civ V is the last game in the series I'll likely ever buy.
 
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News Comments > American Truck Simulator Scale Change Plans
8. Re: American Truck Simulator Scale Change Plans Jun 24, 2016, 17:14 BIGtrouble77
 
Awesome news. I've been playing this game bit by bit for the past couple weeks and my main criticism would be the scale. I think they are convinced that this game has great potential in the US market and is ultimately worth the investment.

I also noticed that some of the default graphical settings make the game look much worse than they should. Disabling DOF gave me huge visual improvements.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 23, 2016, 18:06 BIGtrouble77
 
These are the reasons I see for the change:
- slimmer profile, apple is obsessed with this
- better analog conversion
- better water resistance
- ability to pass data to and from the headphones- noise cancelling on the device
- unify connectors to one common port

Headphones with detachable cables should be able to support a lightning cable, but other headphones will need an adapter.

I'm not convinced this is a great move, but I thought usb keyboards was ludicrous back in the day so who knows? I have several high end headphones that will not benefit from this at all, but a new generation of headphones might have some compelling features.
 
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News Comments > Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway
30. Re: Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway Jun 23, 2016, 16:57 BIGtrouble77
 
Shok wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 16:27:
Stellaris is a whole 10% off???

Guess I'll wait for the Winter sale or the eventual sale when Paradox has a million DLC's so the base game costs next to nothing.
I got way more than that off when I pre-ordered through GMG.

Distant Worlds is 50% off and it's a much better game, imo.
 
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News Comments > Free Europa Universalis IV Music DLC
3. Re: Free Europa Universalis IV Music DLC Jun 21, 2016, 13:27 BIGtrouble77
 
Happy Paradox is doing well these days. They found a pretty decent model to sustain development on their in house "niche" strategy games that seems to work well. As long as they keep selling their base games cheap and releasing quality DLC, I'll keep giving them my money.  
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News Comments > Pro Cycling Manager 2016 Tomorrow
7. Re: Pro Cycling Manager 2016 Tomorrow Jun 15, 2016, 23:06 BIGtrouble77
 
I don't get this game, they never show any of the management features in their trailers. It's like watching game trailers that only show cutscenes.  
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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Rise of the Terrans Released
4. Re: Civilizations III Rise of the Terrans Released Jun 15, 2016, 22:59 BIGtrouble77
 
I contracted on Civ III back in 2001- it would be amazingly awesome if they released an expansion for it 15 years later, but I think we used 3dsmax4... not sure if that's Windows 10 compatible.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 9, 2016, 18:43 BIGtrouble77
 
I got Lyme's disease 5 years ago... got bitten in the Pine Barrens of NJ.

I thought I was dying for 4 months. Whole body ached, zero energy, could barely get out of bed. Fortunately the company I worked for let me work part time from home for that period and paid me my full salary. I recovered in just enough time to not have to go on disability. Even though the worst part was for only 4 months, I felt the effects for over a year after. I think some fatigue issues I have today are attributed to my time with Lyme's.

Lyme's is very serious. I never knew how serious is was until I got it. I ended up in the emergency room on one of my worst days. It's a scary thing when you are so fatigued that you can barely walk, but everything else is fine. I was expecting to be diagnosed with leukemia at the time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 9, 2016, 18:14 BIGtrouble77
 
Enahs wrote on Jun 9, 2016, 17:41:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jun 9, 2016, 16:58:
I'm not sure what to make of

I'm done with SLI, too many of the game I play don't optimize for it. It became a chore to use to the point that I pulled one of my GTX780s and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since (2 years now).

Can I have your unused 780 for free?!
Sure. If you pay for a UPS packing slip, I'll ship it to you. I'm in BC, Canada.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 9, 2016, 16:58 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm not sure what to make of the benchmarks, but if there are some shenanigans here it's nothing new. nVidia's track record in this regard is just awful. I think there's also a bit of headroom for driver optimizations that AMD can't exactly advertise so they are stretching when suggesting that it's only running at 50%.

I'm probably going to buy the RX480 with the extra memory and just upgrade in a shorter cycle this time. $230 is way lower than I was planning to spend this cycle and I still get to around to where I want to be performance wise (assuming the benchmarks aren't complete bullshit).

I'm done with SLI, too many of the game I play don't optimize for it. It became a chore to use to the point that I pulled one of my GTX780s and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since (2 years now).
 
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News Comments > Cities: Skylines Free DLC
8. Re: Cities: Skylines Free DLC Jun 9, 2016, 16:40 BIGtrouble77
 
I wish this game had some of the graphical polish and charm that Simcity traditionally had. The overall execution was great, but it always felt like one of those budget simulator titles, albeit a really good budget simulator.

I thought Cities was way overrated for what it was. They really rode the coattails of the debacle that was Simcity 5.

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News Comments > ARK: Survival Evolved Turns One, Adds Content
7. Re: ARK: Survival Evolved Turns One, Adds Content Jun 2, 2016, 15:55 BIGtrouble77
 
I don't mind EA at all, but I don't like how Ark does it. If you are doing EA it should be to get feedback from lots of play testers, tweak balance and smash bugs.

The problem with Ark is that it runs terrible. I think I was getting 20fps on my rig which gets around 50fps in Far Cry Primal on Very High detail. It just wasn't enjoyable. EA games need to be enjoyable through the EA process, but too many devs either look at is as a cash grab or look at their users as cheap qa testers.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 1, 2016, 16:54 BIGtrouble77
 
I have max $400 that I will spend on my next card. Going to wait it out with my GTX780 until I can't handle it anymore and just buy the best value for my money. I couldn't give a shit about performance per watt, I just want the most for my money. I'm so sick of nVidia's shenanigans that I would much rather go AMD this time around, but who knows how I'll feel a few months from now.  
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News Comments > Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog
5. Re: Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog May 31, 2016, 21:43 BIGtrouble77
 
I hope they decide to do something with TV Sports Boxing, I played that game to death in the early 1990s (aka ABC Wide World of Sports Boxing). For those that never played that game, it was ported to the Sega Genesis as Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing.

I got TV Spots Football with my first PC in 1989. It was pretty terrible unfortunately.
 
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News Comments > Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released
30. Re: Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released May 31, 2016, 18:03 BIGtrouble77
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization May 25, 2016, 23:04 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm amazed that, with all of these spectacular failures, MS is still a relatively strong company. How many disastrous failures can they ultimately endure? This can't keep going on forever.  
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