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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax
Sep 21, 2020, 16:58
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax Sep 21, 2020, 16:58
Sep 21, 2020, 16:58
 Dev
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 16:32:
Xbox head Phil Spencer on the $7.5 billion deal to buy Bethesda parent ZeniMax

Host: "Are you making cuts to this company as you acquire it or are you going to leave it alone?"
Spencer: "Our plan is to leave it alone."

They're going to make cuts. Any time a company makes such a statement so rapidly means it was rehearsed in the boardroom to deflect attention away from the apparent truth that the history of every large merger has always seen cuts happen. It's a lie to say, "we plan to leave it alone." A plan is meaningless if on hour one of day one they toss the plan out the window.
Or it's the new standard MS attitude towards studios they've been buying recently, hands off if they keep producing. I'm going to go with optimism in my case and hope you are wrong! If I'm mistaken, you can say you told me so.
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax
Sep 21, 2020, 15:52
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax Sep 21, 2020, 15:52
Sep 21, 2020, 15:52
 Dev
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 15:48:
aka_STEVE wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 15:33:
Oh I forgot to also mention,.........

R.I.P. Elder Scrolls = now dumbed down to run at the lowest console denominator .

I think TES has been on console since Oblivion.
Yeah that argument has been around since oblivion and the first non isometric fallouts, and the ACTUAL first time they were on consoles. Bethesda has already been milking consoles for a long long time.
I mean I get that argument (and some things like the inventory UI are REAL obvious it's because consoles), but those days for those series are not coming back.
Though there are lots of indies now that offer similar top down formats.

Edit: Morrowind had a console release, but was released after PC. I think that was probably more of a "ported to xbox" title, rather than ground up designed for it like the future ones.

This comment was edited on Sep 21, 2020, 16:05.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Sep 21, 2020, 15:08
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Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 21, 2020, 15:08
Sep 21, 2020, 15:08
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I think this has been coming for a long time. A big name studio is going to do it with a big name title, going to take flak over it, then will go on to be a best seller, and everyone else will follow suit.
Or if they collude, a bunch of big titles will do it at once.
Once the way is paved, all the big titles will be that price.
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax
Sep 21, 2020, 15:02
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax Sep 21, 2020, 15:02
Sep 21, 2020, 15:02
 Dev
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 14:16:
Going forward, all Bethesda/Zenimax games are XBox exclusives in order to drive people to that platform. They'll come out for PC two years after their XBox debut, if ever.
Naw, with their new PC subscription service, and pushes to get win10 more into xbox stuff, they will likely do more stuff released at same time or soon after.
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax
Sep 21, 2020, 13:16
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax Sep 21, 2020, 13:16
Sep 21, 2020, 13:16
 Dev
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 12:04:
Gamepass just became a hot value
Yep! So Happy I stocked up on months before the price raise and converted it cheap to ultimate.
3 years of MS gaming ahead! Starfield will be free to me now looks like. Though probably still have to buy the DLC for it.

MS might be trying to win the contender of studio eater from EA. Only modern MS appears to keep them alive and mostly leave them alone. Unlike EA that tends to kill them off. Sniff, still miss bullfrog and origin and westwood among others.
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax
Sep 21, 2020, 11:48
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax Sep 21, 2020, 11:48
Sep 21, 2020, 11:48
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HorrorScope wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 11:32:
Imo it will be Bethesda choice on changing engines or not.
I agree, from other studios sounds like modern MS with successful game studios has a very light hand, let's them do it mostly themselves.
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax
Sep 21, 2020, 11:20
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Re: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax Sep 21, 2020, 11:20
Sep 21, 2020, 11:20
 Dev
 
wowwwwww.
I didn't see that coming.

BUT on the plus since, since I went and loaded up my MS xbox play pass with 3 years at $5 or less per month prior to them raising the price then converted it to ultimate... I'm set! Anything Beth publishes in next 3 years by beth I get to play for no more cost. Plus MS added the EA pass, albeit the lower tier to the membership. Heck if I just wait a few months, I bet I can play the latest doom game without buying it (I was waiting for a sale), I bet it gets added to MS's list.

Thanks to the guy who mentioned how to load up the MS account in one of the other threads. I think it's still doable too with the brazilian gold card trick too, doing it that way is only about $90 for 3 years of ultimate xbox pass which is both PC and console and the new xcloud.
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Re: Sunday Tech Bits
Sep 21, 2020, 00:03
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Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 21, 2020, 00:03
Sep 21, 2020, 00:03
 Dev
 
date question list:
"Would you ever help my grandmother fix her PC? (If the answer's no, get up and leave.)"
That's a terrible answer. That's only the answer if a techie doesn't have personal boundaries and respect for their own time. The mature answer is "sure, if they pay for it. I've been down the road of tech support for relatives, and you can easily get abused and blamed for everything that goes wrong after you touch it and they think your time is worthless if you don't charge them. At minimum need some sorta barter, food can be ok if not money"

"What's the most you've spent on a single piece of tech? ($2K on a Samsung Fold? Get up and leave.)"
Again, depends. Like is this their hobby and they drop money on the latest tech but stay within a budget? That's not a problem then.

"Top five apps on your phone, GO. (After they answer, try to verify.)"
Verify if you don't trust them and want to chase them off!

It's really a terrible list, more like an interrogation, and even then it's got some really crappy questions and assumptions in there.
More open ended questions are better and more interesting, and if you are demanding an answer it's not all that open ended now is it.
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Re: GORSD Releasd
Sep 20, 2020, 23:56
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Re: GORSD Releasd Sep 20, 2020, 23:56
Sep 20, 2020, 23:56
 Dev
 
Watching the trailer, not sure if this would be completely suck or brilliant.

This comment was edited on Sep 21, 2020, 12:01.
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Re: Epic Fires Back at Apple Again
Sep 19, 2020, 16:31
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Re: Epic Fires Back at Apple Again Sep 19, 2020, 16:31
Sep 19, 2020, 16:31
 Dev
 
He might even be right about all those nitpicky points... doesn't change the basic parts of what happened lol
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 System Requirements; Trailers
Sep 19, 2020, 14:20
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 System Requirements; Trailers Sep 19, 2020, 14:20
Sep 19, 2020, 14:20
 Dev
 
Don't forget to check out the website mentioned in the trailers!
It's awesome.
I love the ads there, especially the one about only 99 bucks for a gallon of real water
https://www.nightcity.love
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 System Requirements; Trailers
Sep 19, 2020, 14:16
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 System Requirements; Trailers Sep 19, 2020, 14:16
Sep 19, 2020, 14:16
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Acleacius wrote on Sep 18, 2020, 23:11:
Ahh, so the fact they say win 7 and dx 12 minium means they will probably be the first to use the new ms win 7 dx 12 kit.
I also bet they will have seperate dx 11 and dx 12 exe(s) that way Ray Tracing and all the other super graphics atm can be used.
Nope, DX12 only, they've said this before and it's there in the minimum specs.
This is why win 8 and vista aren't supported, they are dx11 only.
And they won't be the first to use dx12 on win7, that was blizzard and WoW and that one game is probably the only reason MS devoted the manpower to port that there without bothering to port it to win 8 and vista.
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Re: US Treasury Department Scrutinizing Riot and Epic over Tencent Connections
Sep 17, 2020, 23:20
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Re: US Treasury Department Scrutinizing Riot and Epic over Tencent Connections Sep 17, 2020, 23:20
Sep 17, 2020, 23:20
 Dev
 
On the one hand, this is something that should have been looked at long ago.

On the other hand, it should have been done by law, part of an internet privacy package like GDPR, passed by a congress with a clue and a spine, not because someone got a bug up their ass because they heard a company was hosting some politically critical videos. Or whatever was the reason.
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Re: US Treasury Department Scrutinizing Riot and Epic over Tencent Connections
Sep 17, 2020, 23:18
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Re: US Treasury Department Scrutinizing Riot and Epic over Tencent Connections Sep 17, 2020, 23:18
Sep 17, 2020, 23:18
 Dev
 

Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 17, 2020, 21:01:
Jaxx wrote on Sep 17, 2020, 20:52:
If they call that debt in, our economy is absolutely screwed.

That's not how treasury bonds work.
No, BUT, all they have to do is stop buying the NEW debt/bonds we keep selling, that would kill us. Same effect, different syntax.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Sep 17, 2020, 18:30
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 17, 2020, 18:30
Sep 17, 2020, 18:30
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RogueSix wrote on Sep 17, 2020, 18:26:
Dev wrote on Sep 17, 2020, 17:15:
No, it's not a loss for nvidia, it's a massive profit. They probably make several hundred on each one they sell at the $700.

I agree that nVidia is probably making tons of money from each $700 FE card sale. Their precious margins are holy to them so they wouldn't ever sell it at under a certain percentage. No one really knows if Samsung is producing the GPUs cheaper for nVidia than TSMC would have but given that it is a rare major 3rd party deal for Samsung and how gaming Ampere is built on a custom 8nm node which Samsung specifically "invented" for nVidia, well, I'm sure that nVidia wouldn't have pulled the Samsung trigger if they hadn't gotten really attractive terms & conditions.

Also, the retailers raising the price, none of that gets to nvidia. Nvidia just gets the bulk price from selling to distributors.

Yes and no. Except for the Founder's Edition, nVidia sell nekkid GPUs in bulk to the board partners (AIBs). It is the AIBs who get the bulk price from selling finished cards to distributors, not nVidia. The retailers are currently price gouging as always when new hardware is in low supply. It is called an early adopter idiot's premium for a reason. It rarely ever makes sense to buy hardware on release day. The unsubstantiated rumors of a limited supply until the end of the year are not doing the Ampere launch any favors either. The best course of action in my opinion is to sit back and relax while waiting for supply and demand to balance out. Ampere is not going anywhere. It has been two years since the launch of Turing. Waiting a couple weeks more should hopefully not really be an issue for most sensible people.
If nvidia wasn't making a good or even better profit from samsung, they would have just raised the price. They are not at all shy about raising the price in last decade or so since ATI has gone downhill.

I realize they sell the chips in bulk, but it still makes my point true, nvidia doesn't see any of the profits from the gouging or initial price hikes, etc.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Sep 17, 2020, 17:15
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 17, 2020, 17:15
Sep 17, 2020, 17:15
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eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 17, 2020, 13:19:
I can never, ever, literally not ever, fathom why companies with billions of $ do not have the capacity to add a "pre-order" function to their fucking sites and make sure to meet that FIRST demand which is always there, except I know why. The 700$ price is a loss for Nvidia, I can already see the real price for the 3080 - 790€ ~ (which is 940$) and let's face it, there won't be any 3080s to buy for months.
It's a deliberate choice because of limited supply. EVGA did the same thing, announced no pre-orders.
No, it's not a loss for nvidia, it's a massive profit. They probably make several hundred on each one they sell at the $700. Also, the retailers raising the price, none of that gets to nvidia. Nvidia just gets the bulk price from selling to distributors.
And the scalpers raising the price to $1k or whatever none of that gets to anyone in the chain above them. They got lucky on orders or used bots or whatever.
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Re: Descent: Underground Legal Complications
Sep 16, 2020, 14:48
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Re: Descent: Underground Legal Complications Sep 16, 2020, 14:48
Sep 16, 2020, 14:48
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MrDevinoch wrote on Sep 16, 2020, 14:47:
Dev wrote on Sep 16, 2020, 13:49:
That's a poor choice for license terms to sign the contract with a hard deadline.
Should have negotiated for what interplay and bethesda did with fallout (if we are developing the game significantly we can keep using the license). It would have worked out way better for these guys than it did for interplay lol

You have to understand, if there's a way to do literally everything wrong... that's what Interplay's going to do. It's in their DNA.
Oh for sure, and they are really a ghost.
But I meant that the KS people should have negotiated the hard deadline out of the contract and turned it into a soft one.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Sep 16, 2020, 13:53
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Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 16, 2020, 13:53
Sep 16, 2020, 13:53
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HorrorScope wrote on Sep 16, 2020, 13:06:
The biggest hurdle for driver less cars will be the legal one's.

That said I'm so for the following:
1. Autonomous Racing, lets see what the AI can really do and at the same time put no one in harms way and not worry about restrictor plates. Ya know bring the fun back.

2. Remote driving again so no human is in the cars and to get back to top speeds possible vs making everything the same, since no one is getting hurt.

IMO this is where progressive racing should be at and I'd eat it up.
Once the human element is taken out, it fails to be interesting for most people, who like to have favorites. It would feel more like a video game to people.
I'd be interested, but we are probably in the minority.
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Re: Descent: Underground Legal Complications
Sep 16, 2020, 13:49
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Re: Descent: Underground Legal Complications Sep 16, 2020, 13:49
Sep 16, 2020, 13:49
 Dev
 
That's a poor choice for license terms to sign the contract with a hard deadline.
Should have negotiated for what interplay and bethesda did with fallout (if we are developing the game significantly we can keep using the license). It would have worked out way better for these guys than it did for interplay lol
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Re: RTX 3080 Reviews
Sep 16, 2020, 13:46
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Re: RTX 3080 Reviews Sep 16, 2020, 13:46
Sep 16, 2020, 13:46
 Dev
 
The PCI express scaling article, short tldr version if you don't want to slog through about 30 pages:
1% difference between PCIe 3 and PCIe 4.
I figured it would be pretty small, but wanted to verify, because if I get this and put it into my intel with 9900 CPU I don't want it crippled by PCIe 3... like the crippling that will happen to a next gen nvme SSD if I put it into this system, because Intel is slow at putting PCIe 4 in.
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