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Real Name Lazarus Long   
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 13:05 Burrito of Peace
harlock wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 11:55:
maybe it was the characters themselves and just the script overall...

i still think the two original leads had way more chemistry and "screen magic" or whatever...probably only felt unconsciously for most people id wager, which is why they fail to notice it specifically

I think it was both the characters and the script. I also agree that Cohle and Hart were far better together as characters.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 10:56 Burrito of Peace
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 10:08:
All of the leads delivered last year save for Vince Vaughn who was totally miscast. He did his best but he was just the wrong actor, he couldn't bring any presence or menace in a role that really demanded it. Colin Farrell's intensity was palpable and he did a great job. Mcadams defied expectations but was not served well by the writers, they forgot all of the excellent early season build up and turned her character into a shell by the end. Taylor Kitsch was solid but the way they wrangled that whole subplot with the military was fucking insane and killed suspension of disbelief.

My biggest problem with the season was that they took a simple story and told it in an incredibly convoluted way. The pacing was all off and their big reveals sputtered as a result. Numerous character deaths felt as if they were ticking off boxes rather than serving the plot in a meaningful way.

It was still an enjoyable watch and I'm definitely there for next season but they need to stop trying to keep the viewer guessing for the sake of it and just tell the story.

I agree with your points and, for me, this is what killed it:

Season one was great because it was a slow dawning of ever increasing horror. You watched two men of very disparate characters struggle to absorb and handle something so utterly vile that it ruined them. You watched as they struggled to keep from drowning in psychological quicksand while all the while being absolutely driven to find out the truth behind everything they uncovered. Cohle and Hart had aspects that everyone could identify with in some way.

I was absolutely rapt during every episode.

Then we had season two. To me, it felt like a third rate knockoff of Casino with touches of someone trying really hard to mimic aspects of Eyes Wide Shut and failing miserably. I don't blame the lead actors for doing the best they could with what was arguably some terrible material. I found nothing relatable in their characters in the slightest and the story was, to me, boring as Hell. I just never cared about them or their stories.

I watched the second season episodes dispassionately hoping that the next would be better than the last but it just never materialized.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. U.S. says its Internet speeds triple in three-and-a-half years Dec 30, 2015, 21:34 Burrito of Peace
Comcast, Time-Warner, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, AT&T, and Verizon boards witnessed laughing hysterically.

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News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for Linux & OS X
13. Re: Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for Linux & OS X Dec 25, 2015, 00:31 Burrito of Peace
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 19:51:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 18:05:
Windows 7 support will end on the 13th of next month. While I assume they will release security patches that are critical for a short time, the sunset for it is here.

Windows 7 security patches will continue until January 14, 2020. Still got some life in her yet.

Provided you have an Extended Support contract. Do you?
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News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for Linux & OS X
7. Re: Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for Linux & OS X Dec 24, 2015, 18:05 Burrito of Peace
For me, Linux gaming can be wrapped up in a pretty easy way; because I can.

I would prefer that all my Steam gaming purchases would be done on Linux but I am also cognizant of the fact that, right now, that's not really feasible. So I keep a small Windows partition around for the time being. However, I'm also finding that a lot of games coming out from big name publishers don't really interest me any more, especially now that I have become part of the "older" gamer crowd. The stuff indie developers are doing is far more interesting to me and a lot of their stuff is platform agnostic because they're coming from spaces where they can, and do, use Linux or OSX as their development platform and that their Unity or UE pipelines can create binaries for all X86 compatible platforms.

I also disagree with the notion that driver performance is universally worse on Linux. I guess if you're an idio err AMD consumer, that's probably true. However the Nvidia and Intel binary blobs are really performant. As an example, I actually get better performance out of Kerbal Space Program on Linux than I do on Windows on the exact same hardware. Modding is just as easy on both OSes.

Also, too, a lot of us are tired of being on the Microsoft train. Windows 7 support will end on the 13th of next month. While I assume they will release security patches that are critical for a short time, the sunset for it is here. Either people move on to Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 or they'll be left in the dust. While Windows 10's performance is much better than that of Windows 7, it comes with certain Microsoft features that, frankly, annoy the piss out of me. Even with the Enterprise edition, unless I'm running my own install of System Center or WSUS, forced reboots and installations are a thing. I also don't need my OS to be interconnected with everything under the sun. It needs to be fast, stable, and secure. For me, that's Linux and it's easy to use. I have my mother, a woman in her late 60s whom isn't a geek by any means, using Linux. She was a Windows user since 3.1. She finds it easy to use and operate and it does everything she needs it to do.

I guess you might call me a "casual" since when I sit down in front of my PC, gaming isn't the whole and only reason I use it. While I certainly do game, I also use my PC for a whole host of other endeavors.
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News Comments > Christmas Eve Tech Bits
4. Re: Christmas Eve Tech Bits Dec 24, 2015, 17:44 Burrito of Peace
I no longer see the point in overclocking as the CPU is no longer a bottlneck for system performance. I used to back in the late 90s through the mid 2000s but once I had a quadcore that was over 2.5GHz, it was no longer technically justifiable. Now that I have systems with 8, 12, and 16 cores per proc running at 3+Ghz, it's even less of a necessity. DDR3 and up is more than fast enough to keep up with filling cache and both forward look and side look. Especially now that building a system with 16GB (what I consider the bare minimum) is ridiculously inexpensive. Going higher than that really pushes you toward a workstation build and then you've gone in to ECC territory but, if you require ECC memory, gaming is no longer the number one priority for that system build.

Even graphics cards are fast enough with PCIe in the modern system.

The two biggest drawbacks to system performance in my opinion are:

Storage. SSDs have made a good dent in storage speed, but their density is too low and the larger drives available are just stupidly expensive. NAND isn't expensive to manufacture and the yields are plentiful. When I can get a 10TB SSD or greater than can transfer at rates of actual (not theoretical or in carefully controlled situations) 10GB/s in both read and write while also being $120 or less, then I'll consider storage no longer a bottleneck.

Mulithreading, or a lack thereof. This was the first year that we've seen games really start requiring an x64 OS to make us of larger areas of addressable memory. That is good. What is bad is that a lot of these games aren't mulithreaded. Almost everyone has, at minimum, a dual core processor if not more. Even the current gen consoles are quad core systems as are most phones. "But it's hard" isn't an excuse. It's laziness. The Total War series is a perfect example of games that could have had a lot less of a performance hit if they had offloaded a lot of the backend calculations on to cores 2 or 3. While there are a couple of games that do take advantage of multicore systems, most don't and that's unacceptable.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 20, 2015, 14:25 Burrito of Peace
Winamp is one of those programs that helped shaped the digital age as we know it but its time has long since passed.

I've been using Audacious for years now and it's perfect for being a lightweight, cross-platform player that plays pretty much everything in existence.
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News Comments > Mafia 3 Footage
32. Re: Mafia 3 Footage Dec 20, 2015, 10:20 Burrito of Peace
Jerykk wrote on Dec 20, 2015, 03:27:
I finished and enjoyed the first two games and I'm not offended by this game being considered a sequel.

Agreed. I really like the looks of this and I'll be picking it up when it becomes available.

There is a precedence for a Black Mafia in the real world. It wouldn't at all surprise me if there was something very similar in New Orleans during the same time period.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 19, 2015, 03:40 Burrito of Peace
#letthemdie #cleanthegenepool #yourspecialsnowflakesucks  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets
16. Re: Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets Dec 17, 2015, 11:28 Burrito of Peace
That was pretty damned awesome. When the game comes out, I hope my quad core Xeon, 32GB of RAM and 970 will be able to run it.  
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News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Next Month
15. Re: ArcheAge Head Start Issues Dec 16, 2015, 19:16 Burrito of Peace
Trevellian wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 18:01:
I am definitely a Homeworld fanboy. It was my original "Favorite RTS of all time" when it released and I put countless hours into it. To me Homeworld is epic sci fi with a good story and very tight unit management. It doesn't have to be in space.

I have been following BBI since they first announced Hardware: Shipbreakers and have been salivating for this "Spiritual Successor" ever since I heard the same narrator for Homeworld in the original gameplay teasers.

This game has been in the works for years before Gearbox bought Homeworld and allowed them the rights to use the name and make it an actual part of the universe (Which I highly respect Gearbox for doing, honestly) You can't expect them to just drop what they had been working on and make a space game. There is nothing wrong with this being part of the universe.

ESPECIALLY since they took this opportunity to set the game on Kharak, which means it may be a prequel, which means the game would most possibly be about the Heresy Wars and the discovery of the Khar-Toba (The ship where they find the Hyperspace Core) which leads to the creation of the Kushan Mothership. Leading to the first Homeworld game, obviously.

Don't be so closed minded just because it is set on the ground.

Ditto to everything you've said. If you're a Homeworld fan, then you've already known for a long time that this is a prequel and is set many decades before the events of the first Homeworld. You also already know that Blackbird Interactive, a big chunk of the guys behind HW1 and HW2, have been working on this for years now and that Gearbox is only the publisher.

I preordered this about five minutes ago. I wish they had a Collector's Edition like HWRM. I would love to have a model of one of the original freighters that crash landed on Kharak to match my Mothership model.
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Horizons Early Access
35. Re: Elite Dangerous: Horizons Early Access Dec 16, 2015, 10:29 Burrito of Peace
Correct me if I am wrong but the 8.1GB "update" that I just downloaded is Horizons even though I didn't buy Horizons, just the base game for $15 bucks when it was on sale recently?

Why the Hell would I need to download a program that I won't have access to?

It's early, I have no caffeine, and I'm somewhat confused.
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper 360 Trailer
10. Re: Assassin's Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper 360 Trailer Dec 15, 2015, 18:55 Burrito of Peace
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Dec 15, 2015, 17:46:
Buy Rogue cheap as it's basically Black Flag II.

Thanks for the recommendation! Just watched a couple of videos for it and it looks pretty much exactly what I want to play out of an AC game. I wasn't even aware that it existed.
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper 360 Trailer
5. Re: Assassin's Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper 360 Trailer Dec 15, 2015, 16:32 Burrito of Peace
How does Syndicate compare to Black Flag?

I loved Black Flag due to its piratical theme and ship combat. However, what I hated was the wonky controls and chasing after shit (like the shanties).
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 14, 2015, 23:11 Burrito of Peace
HoSpanky wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 19:41:
Next up, he'll see if a GTX 980 is REALLY better than onboard video by using games such as Space Quest 3 and Zork as the testbed.

Oh, you mock. But my 980 runs tty like a fucking beast!
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
8. Re: Sunday Metaverse Dec 13, 2015, 20:46 Burrito of Peace
Pigeon wrote on Dec 13, 2015, 19:19:
I bought my own cable modem as well which has paid for itself and then some when you consider lame equipment rental fees.

And, on top of that, you don't have to worry about whatever backdoors may be installed by the ISPs on their shit equipment.
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
5. Re: Sunday Metaverse Dec 13, 2015, 17:59 Burrito of Peace
For me, the fact that my parents (whom are in their late 60s) cut cable entirely and get all their content via an Xbox One and an HTPC that I built for them tells me a lot about the state of the cable industry. When you have the Boomers cutting out your service because their bill for the 5 channels they watch regularly (due to your shitty "package" system and inability to offer an ala carte service) is over $100 NOT counting all the bullshit, made up "fees" you tack on, then the cable industry is absolutely fucking clueless. Between my Amazon Prime account, and their Hulu and Netflix accounts, they've got access to all their favorite content and new movies releases for less than 25% of their former cable bill.

The sad part is that when cable companies finally pull their head out of their collective asses and figure this out, they will jack up the rates of their internet services and start slapping draconian data caps on its usage so they can attempt to recover that lost revenue. Given how bought and paid for the politicians are by these very same cable companies, there will be no market competition to keep these assholes' prices in check as they will literally be the only game in town (or one of two).
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Free Weekend
15. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Free Weekend Dec 12, 2015, 23:05 Burrito of Peace
I bought the game when it was new and played it for a few weeks. Like others have mentioned, the terrible writing, so-boring-watching-grass-grow-would-be-more-exciting quests, and the abysmal graphics were huge turnoffs for me.

All we needed was Skyrim co-op.
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
4. Re: UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own Dec 12, 2015, 22:33 Burrito of Peace
What if I buy a TV but only hook it up to an HTPC to watch Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? At that point it's just a monitor.  
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News Comments > Rokh Announced
2. Re: Rokh Announced Dec 11, 2015, 11:25 Burrito of Peace
players will have to work together

To promote real social and economic dynamics between the colonists, these systems are designed to be impossible to be mastered by a single player.

I'll just stick to Planetbase. Systems like these never work out well as there will always be those assholes whom don't hold up their end either through laziness or just being dicks.
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