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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > New Paradox CEO
12. Re: New Paradox CEO Feb 13, 2018, 16:04 BIGtrouble77
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 15:49:
See, I don't get that sentiment AT ALL. What exactly is "awesome" about a piecemeal delivery? What is awesome about getting game mechanics delivered YEARS later that should have been (and were most likely planned to be) in the game from the start?
I bought CK2 on launch day for $39. That did not feel like a full game at launch, but subsequent free patches over time has given me far more content than I ever expected. I have all of the expansions now, but the game is still enjoyable without them. If you don't like the game then you will obviously not like this DLC policy. I love the game... at this point I'd rather see more expansions than a CK3.
 
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News Comments > New Paradox CEO
6. Re: New Paradox CEO Feb 13, 2018, 13:54 BIGtrouble77
 
Peter M. Smith wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 12:14:
Or you can sit and listen to their livestreams for the upcoming Stellaris DLC. People are asking which feature being shown is going to be part of the DLC or part of the patch. It's roughly a 50/50 split, with new content leaning DLC and QoL improvements leaning patch.

Those of us that actually play Paradox games (not Cutter) know this to be true... I'd much rather pay for a few CK2 DLC throughout the year rather than pay for a new version every year like the Madden/NHL franchises do.
 
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News Comments > New Paradox CEO
5. Re: New Paradox CEO Feb 13, 2018, 13:50 BIGtrouble77
 
From what I understand, the new CEO comes from a gambling site background. If you've listened to the Paradox podcast, it's depressingly clear that they want to start introducing lootbox mechanics, which adds some possible context to why they made this move.

I absolutely love Paradox and like their DLC policy, but this really worries me. I hope I'm off base on this one.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 12, 2018, 13:22 BIGtrouble77
 
Two things shocked me about Canada's politics... the first is that religious freedom seemed prioritized over gender equality- I saw some of this directly with he incoming refugees into our community. The other shock was discovering that Canada does not have free speech. Blew my mind that criticizing bad ideas can be constituted as hate crimes in Canada.

Canada (maybe just Trudeau?) wants this identity as being the ultimate utopia for the people of the world... that all religions and cultures are welcome with open arms. Absurd, bad ideas are bad ideas. People should not be afraid to speak out against them. And women coming over from these backwards countries should enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other Canadian citizen.
 
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News Comments > Into the Breach This Month
3. Re: Into the Breach This Month Feb 7, 2018, 20:26 BIGtrouble77
 
Not sure about this one. I would have prefered FTL2.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2018, 12:33 BIGtrouble77
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 11:06:

You crazy americans and your constant need to talk about your president.

When I lived in Canada, all anyone ever wanted to do was talk about Trump.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 6, 2018, 10:01 BIGtrouble77
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Feb 5, 2018, 20:50:
Good. I want to see it drop to $7.50, so that I can finally buy a video card without taking out a second mortgage. Totally selfish, but I'm ok with that...
Bitcoin is not why your video card is expensive. It's all of the other crypto currencies that can efficiently mine with cards (ethereum, zcash, monero, etc).
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Expedition Plans
11. Re: Elite Dangerous Expedition Plans Feb 5, 2018, 01:15 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 4, 2018, 19:03:
Finally got around to uninstalling. Complete waste of $10. Watching paint dry is more entertaining than this game. X Rebirth complete on the other hand is actually fun and nice to look at. Can't wait for X4.
Where the hell is the next Commander Keen? Better than this ED garbage. /s

And what the hell did Cutter post on July 2006?
 
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News Comments > Valve's Cliffe Arrested; Suspended
22. Re: Valve's Cliffe Arrested; Suspended Feb 2, 2018, 13:11 BIGtrouble77
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Feb 2, 2018, 12:53:
The average person is just too stupid to critically analyze what they see.

There's is a sever lack of intellectual curiosity with the general population that I never realized existed to the extent it does. I don't know how to solve the problem in this age of identity politics and the hive mind it creates.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2018, 17:10 BIGtrouble77
 
Creston wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 16:54:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 15:53:
So then what do AMD/Nvidia do when mining is no longer viable on their cards?

Same as they do when games aren't viable on their old cards anymore: They make new cards?

What happens when ASIC-like miners obsolete GPUS for Ethash?

That looks like language but I have no idea what you just said.

I think it's very much in their interest for computer gaming to remain healthy.

No company in America has the capacity to think long term. Both are publicly traded, so "the next 3 months" is literally all they can think about.

Bitcoin uses sha256 hashing algorithm. In the early days of Bitcoin you could mine it on GPU hardware. But eventually the Chinese developed ASIC chips that are much more efficient at hashing that algorithm. Today it's completely unprofitable to mine Bitcoin with a non-ASIC chip.

Ethereum, on the other hand, uses the ETHash algorithm, which is primarily mined on GPUs. There is no dedicated chips that target the EThash algorithm like we have with sha256. So my point is, if dedicated hardware to mine ETHash is produced then there will no longer be demand for AMD/Nvidia's cards except for gamers. The complexity to mine Ethereum will go up so much that GPU hardware will no longer be viable.

I'm sure mining is equally scary and exciting for nvidia and amd. I have a 6 card 1070 rig that mines Ethereum and the profits now are kind of crazy. I'm currently making $30/day. I'd buy more if I could. But I also want to buy a Vega64 for my gaming rig and it's just not gonna happen any time soon. Kind of frustrating that I have to deal with that, but I decided I'll mine too while things are so fucked up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2018, 15:53 BIGtrouble77
 
Creston wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 13:09:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 12:54:
Creston wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 12:49:
Crypto mining will fucking kill PC gaming...
I hope AMD and NVIDIA can start releasing crippled mining cards that can only be used for gaming.

Why would they? They make as much money off a sale to a miner as they do to a gamer. And the miners will buy even the old shit.

I've heard people mention that same sentiment before, but it makes no business sense for AMD/Nvidia to do so.
So then what do AMD/Nvidia do when mining is no longer viable on their cards? What happens when ASIC-like miners obsolete GPUS for Ethash?

I think it's very much in their interest for computer gaming to remain healthy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2018, 12:54 BIGtrouble77
 
Creston wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 12:49:
Crypto mining will fucking kill PC gaming...
I hope AMD and NVIDIA can start releasing crippled mining cards that can only be used for gaming. They can cater to miners, but don't sacrifice the PC gaming market in the process. PC Gaming has a better future than catering to short term mining trends.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2018, 10:17 BIGtrouble77
 
Are miners going to buy the Vega cards with the radiator coolers? Seems to me that miners would avoid those because they won't cleanly fit in an open-air mining case.  
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News Comments > PUBG Known Issues
7. Re: PUBG Known Issues Jan 27, 2018, 18:47 BIGtrouble77
 
I have personally not noticed any egregious lag issues. In fact, I'm not sure I notice any lag issues at all. The fact I'm on gigabit fiber might be part of it, but I don't think that would put the blame on the game.

Like every multiplayer FPS, I do great when the game is first released, but I progressively suck worse and worse as time goes on. I just can't compete with the kids that play 100 hours a week while I'm hopping in for a game or two on the weekend.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Website Relaunches, Offers New Trailer
4. Re: Star Citizen Website Relaunches, Offers New Trailer Jan 26, 2018, 12:43 BIGtrouble77
 
Dev describing the coil with a confused, bewildered look... "It's a technical nightmare".

I love everything about this game. I don't think we will ever again have an example of game design hubris at this level. The drama and comedy writes itself at this point.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter One Beta This Month
8. Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter One Beta This Month Jan 12, 2018, 15:46 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 12, 2018, 15:33:
Nimh wrote on Jan 12, 2018, 14:27:
Has this game been flushed out? The beta was good but after a 20-30 hours you pretty much saw or did all that there was to be done. Still p2p instances for everything?

I just started it - without the season pass - and I'd say no in that case. Everything is still just combat/piracy, courier, or mine/trade. There's not even a lot to see. And of course it takes forever to get anywhere. Still can't see trade data for the stations in the same fucking system. In short it's all just grind as far as I can see. Take a look at what Egosoft is doing with X4 - due out this year - instead.
"Everything is still just combat/piracy, courier, or mine/trade"
What else is there? FPS combat?

"There's not even a lot to see."
What are you expecting to see except for ships, space stations and planets?

"And of course it takes forever to get anywhere"
Are you advocating fast travel?

"Still can't see trade data for the stations in the same fucking system"
There are online utilities for this, but I hear you.

The Horizons DLC will address some of your issues with "there's nothing to see", but it sounds like you've already moved on. That's fine, but I don't think your criticisms are fair or even good critiques. I could come up with a laundry list of crap that I'd like addressed, but none of it maps to what you are saying.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter One Beta This Month
7. Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter One Beta This Month Jan 12, 2018, 15:37 BIGtrouble77
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 12, 2018, 14:55:
AFAIK, the only ones who have a reason to be slightly grumpy are the lifetime expansion pass buyers because their "lifetime" ended with Horizons if I understood things correctly. Those peeps might have to pay for future content (like everyone else).
But Frontier haven't really revealed their business model going forward so we'll have to see about all that.

I bought the game during the alpha when it was $75. As far as I'm concerned, the Kickstarter promises did not apply to me nor did it apply to the 95% of people complaining about them being broken. I knew this was a game would be evolving over many years, but FDEV needed a business model to do that. I'm fine with that pivot.

The game definitely feels empty when you start because so much content reveals itself as you progress- you can't just jump into fighting Thargoids and expect to enjoy it. I've got a maxed out Anaconda plus several hundred million in the bank and feel like I have not scratched the surface with what I can be doing.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter One Beta This Month
2. Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter One Beta This Month Jan 12, 2018, 13:11 BIGtrouble77
 
Lets just take a step back and acknowledge the fact that those who bought Horizons last year are getting this season's updates for free. So much more content in the game now than what we had a year ago.  
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News Comments > Morning Previews
11. Re: Morning Previews Jan 10, 2018, 13:54 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 10, 2018, 13:36:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 10, 2018, 12:54:
3rd person view for combat? Worst idea ever.

I didn't say combat but yes that too. Flipping in and out of 3rd person for a birds eye view in combat is a huge help when you lose sight of an enemy, or multiple enemies in particular. Beyond that it's hugely helpful for mining or salvage. And then just being able to look around at space. Oh yeah and that's the other thing lacking in ED, any really nice aesthetic. At least in most space games they make stuff look pretty even if it isn't realistic.


But you can already do what you are asking. The last major release improved the external limpet camera significantly. They just don't want it used for combat because it is immersion breaking.

I love the aesthetic, it's not over the top like SC: (content with the external camera you seem to want)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlI5uoWd1cQ
 
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News Comments > Morning Previews
6. Re: Morning Previews Jan 10, 2018, 12:54 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 10, 2018, 11:33:
I picked up ED at Xmas seeing as it was less than $!0 and it's bad as I thought it would be. The drudgery and tedium in that game is mind-boggling. And all because Braben reneged on his promise and made it online only. Everything is a needless time sink. Almost zero customization - unless you pay. And nothing but grind. Nothing remotely close to anything that would qualify as interesting quest. No building or owning of things - besides a ship. Christ you can't even play in 3rd person!

So ED is a massive failure. SC will be an even bigger one. That only leaves Egosoft and X4. I'm cautiously optimistic on that one, but so far it looks amazeballs.
Not sure if I could disagree with you any more...

Moving to online-only is a different model, but it does have it's advantages. I like that the universe is 'living' and a bit unpredictable. The game would not evolve organically like it is now if there was no online component.

If you find it boring that's fine, but many don't find it boring in the least bit. If your only goal is to make money, then you are going to grind non-stop. If you actually try and diversify your missions and enjoy your current rank/ship then the game is much more rewarding.

3rd person view for combat? Worst idea ever.

Zero customization... have you ever built a ship? I'm assuming you mean just the visuals that have zero impact on gameplay. Yeah, those skins and bobbleheads cost a buck.

Elite isn't for everyone, but people that have these types of criticisms don't get the game and should look to something else, like Starpoint Gemeni 2.
 
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