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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > Minecraft Sells 122M
6. Re: Minecraft Sells 122M Feb 28, 2017, 12:45 BIGtrouble77
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 11:57:
Good for them, but I hope this whole pixel art trend, by other game developers, will fade soon enough.

I wouldn't consider Minecraft pixel art. I love pixel art... what I can't stand is vector graphics that look like flash games from 10 years ago. The only game that gets a pass is Rimworld.
 
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News Comments > Steam Adding 10% GST in AU
21. Re: Steam Adding 10% GAT in AU Feb 22, 2017, 16:50 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 15:04:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 14:26:
Cutter wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 09:59:
Canada also gets F'd in the A with regional pricing and for no real reason at all beyond simple greed. Eff them!

How so? I'm dual and prefer the Canadian store because I generally save a couple bucks int he conversion.

Look, a dollar is worth a dollar to a citizen of a country regardless of exchange rates with other countries. Minimum wage, as an example, is the same in the US and Canada - on average - yet, someone working for that same rate in Canada has to work an additional 3 hours for the exact same virtual product. It didn't cost them anymore to make it or ship it, yet you're supposed to put in 30% more work as your American counterpart. Why?

If it wasn't for the fact that to try and combat piracy they drastically lower the prices on those same products in high piracy countries like China, Russia, et al. So even though their dollar is worth less they still get to pay even less - generally 50% on average - than their American counterparts on a dollar to dollar basis. So their dollar, like ours, is worth less, yet they get a discount and we have to pay more. Yeah, that's real fair. This is the same for the poor ol' Aussies.

I suppose the message they're ultimately sending is we - Can/Aus - should really be pirating the shit of software because only at that point will we get the same breaks as China, Russia, Brazil, etc. in order to curtail said piracy. And they wonder why key reseller sites thrive, particularly with countries like ours who continually get F'd in the A on this sans lube.


I just don't agree with this interpretation... Canada is a 1st world country. Not long ago the CDN was worth more than USD, but that was a problem for Canadians. Canadians also get free healthcare, so the "how far a dollar" goes is not a great argument- my healthcare costs in the US were absurd. There are so many dynamics that balance things out.

I just don't think Valve is out to screw anyone, they are simply dealing with the same currency issues every other multi-national company has to deal with- and I find Steam to be one of the better players. I know it sucks to see that $70CDN tag on a game, but that's the reality of Canada's weak dollar.

Now companies that up charge items in Canada is a HUGE problem... like when I go to buy a cable in the canadian amazon store and it's $35 vs $2 in the US store. But that's not what's happening here. In BC, the province government should be ashamed for the high insurance rates... ashamed that so much money goes to appeasing drug addicts, high tax rates (compared to the us), etc. These are all Canadian issues, not US company issues doing business in canada.
 
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News Comments > Steam Adding 10% GST in AU
15. Re: Steam Adding 10% GAT in AU Feb 22, 2017, 14:26 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 09:59:
Canada also gets F'd in the A with regional pricing and for no real reason at all beyond simple greed. Eff them!

How so? I'm dual and prefer the Canadian store because I generally save a couple bucks int he conversion.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 14, 2017, 13:18 BIGtrouble77
 
If you can get good coverage with T-Mobile, then it's the best way to go, imo. It's also the only way to go if you cross the Canadian border frequently (which I do once a week). I've been living in Canada for the past year and a half and I get free roaming all throughout the country, it's awesome.  
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Arena Sales Ending
1. Re: Elite Dangerous Arena Sales Ending Feb 14, 2017, 13:12 BIGtrouble77
 
Seems like Frontier thought CQC was going to be far more effective at bringing in new players to Elite than it actually was. I guess the extra work of managing it as a separate package just isn't worth it anymore.  
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News Comments > New AMD ReLive Drivers
2. Re: New AMD ReLive Drivers Feb 13, 2017, 21:05 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm just amazed that fixing a DayZ issues was prioritized at all.  
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News Comments > Steam Greenlight Giving Way to Steam Direct
42. Re: Steam Greenlight Giving Way to Steam Direct Feb 11, 2017, 00:39 BIGtrouble77
 
I would be really disappointed if they upped the publishing fee simply because a lot of games I own on steam may not have ultimately been published, namely...
Unreal World, Curious Expedition, Sunless Sea, NEO Scavenger, etc. Each of these games could have just as easily been mobile exclusives.

To solve the problem of complete crap making it onto steam, Steam just needs to filter out poorly rated games more aggressively. I'm constantly getting complete garbage recommended to me... I don't care that crap games exist, I just can't stand that Steam still recommends abandoned early access title that have overwhelmingly negative reviews.

I'm working on a sports simulation that I intended to release on steam in the future, but damn $5,000 is a big hit to take. I've been working on this game for years for fun, but having to shell out $5k to see it released on Steam is not something I planned for.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Feb 9, 2017, 18:13 BIGtrouble77
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 13:36:
And American's think WE have too many restrictions... pfft. Whatever.
But this seems like this is at a legitimate crisis level in China... like kids dying because they forget to eat and sleep.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 9, 2017, 16:33 BIGtrouble77
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 13:35:
$1000 iPhone? Is that cheap for an iPhone? Our company bought 10 iPhone 6+'s when they came out, and we paid almost $1200 for each direct from Apple, sooo... what?
But if the lowest level iphone starts at $1,000, then that's a problem. People can gripe all they want about the iPhone's price, but if you ever bought a phone on a 2 year contract then you got robbed.

I'm due to get a new phone this year, but I will be really disappointed if the price increases from the current iPhone 7 which is a pretty unimpressive upgrade to my 6+, imo.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 8, 2017, 21:36 BIGtrouble77
 
Hellcinder wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 21:10:
VR needs simplified hardware and a lower price point, then the flock will come.
Totally agree. Elite Dangerous is the killer VR app for me, but I won't buy a headset until the tech is cheaper and better.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: What's going on with DX12 Feb 6, 2017, 18:35 BIGtrouble77
 
I bought an RX480 to hopefully ride the wave of new Vulcan/DX12 games with a budget card... that hasn't worked out well so far.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2017, 12:08 BIGtrouble77
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 6, 2017, 11:44:
Anyhow ... it's hard to explain my frustration with this horrific proposal.
I don't know for sure, but it's probably common for BS proposals to make here... I guess we can have a collective panic when is gets to the "passed house" phase.

Sadly, this is what the American voters asked for. The country is a business now that seeks to eliminate those pesky regulations.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 6, 2017, 11:53 BIGtrouble77
 
Now go enjoy Samsung's premiere, definitive, ground breaking galaxy VR experience at your local Best Buy kiosk! Seriously, what are you waiting for?  
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Banishes Servers
16. Re: Conan Exiles Banishes Servers Feb 5, 2017, 18:07 BIGtrouble77
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 13:27:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 13:24:
Why don't they just use Amazon AWS? Amazon had virtually limitless scale.

Not the same thing.
I thought Amazon introduced game servers recently. I'm a bit ignorant on gaming servers so I don't really know.
 
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Banishes Servers
6. Re: Conan Exiles Banishes Servers Feb 5, 2017, 13:24 BIGtrouble77
 
Why don't they just use Amazon AWS? Amazon had virtually limitless scale.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 3, 2017, 19:36 BIGtrouble77
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 3, 2017, 19:01:
Apple will sell fools $300 worth of hardware for just $2300.
Whatever. Logic Pro alone is worth more than $200.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Wins $500M in Oculus Lawsuit
19. Re: ZeniMax Wins $500M in Oculus Lawsuit Feb 2, 2017, 02:21 BIGtrouble77
 
SirKnight wrote on Feb 1, 2017, 23:18:
From: http://uploadvr.com/verdict-zenimax-oculus/

Carmack intentionally destroyed data on his computer after he got notice of this litigation and right after he researched on Google how to wipe a hard drive—and data on other Oculus computers and USB storage devices were similarly deleted (as determined by a court-appointed, independent expert in computer forensics); (vii) when he quit id Software, Carmack admitted he secretly downloaded and stole over 10,000 documents from ZeniMax on a USB storage device, as well as the entire source code to RAGE and the id tech® 5 engine —which Carmack uploaded to his Oculus computer;

Damn son. I would have thought Carmack was smarter than this...

If this was proven to be an accurate depiction of events, then I have lost all respect for the guy. In software development it's so tempting to want to take code with you, especially the really clever stuff you tend to re-use all the time, but you just can't fucking do it. It's just intellectually lazy... I can't believe I'm saying that about John Carmack.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 1, 2017, 13:33 BIGtrouble77
 
Suppa7 wrote on Feb 1, 2017, 10:40:
Multiple cores only work in certain situations with certain workloads and program types.

I don't believe this to be true at all. I write async code all day that's optimized for multi cores. It's a problem of coding styles and possibly compiler optimizations that are holding things back. My experience is writing simulations in ruby/python/javascript so I can't speak for C based gaming frameworks (like unity), but I can't see why certain systems can't run asynchronously via some internal service that is dedicated to an available core.

 
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News Comments > EA Financials
13. Re: EA Financials Feb 1, 2017, 13:03 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 1, 2017, 02:15:
NHL 95 was the first game I worked on for my short stint at EA.
Very cool, definitely my favorite in the series. My short stint in the games industry was doing some graphical assets for Civ III.
 
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News Comments > EA Financials
7. Re: On Sale Feb 1, 2017, 01:39 BIGtrouble77
 
Slick wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 22:47:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 22:45:
Nothing to do with EA financials, but I just bought an PS4 to play NHL17.

The game is just garbage. So many graphical glitches, comentators never know who the home/away team actually is, commentary logic could be better done by a 3rd grader, poor menu management, unbalanced difficulty levels, cringe worthy graphics, horrible stretchy textures, rap music playlist (I hear van halen and ozzy at hockey games, not fetty wap)... I can keep going on.

We are literally on the 17 iteration of this game and it's this bad. Wtf?

I think the last NHL game I bought was NHL 93 for the Genesis. None of the newer ones have managed to capture the frenetic arcade-like gameplay.

Plus yearly sports game franchises are generally worse than cancer.
Yup, NHL 95 on the PC is what got be to buy the PS4. I played a whole season out, had so much fun I figured I'd see how the series is now. I mean, 17 iterations and the game is just loaded with amateur issues. At least I was able to pick it up for $39CDN new, not the ludicrous $70usd gamestop wants.
 
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