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Signed On Dec 13, 2004, 01:09
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2015, 14:09 Dev
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 20, 2015, 05:49:
nin wrote on Dec 19, 2015, 16:39:
Back in town from TFA last night...JJ fucking nailed it.


Its an enjoyable film. But it's very far from perfect. The story itself was...how to put it without spoiling it for everyone...already seen before.

Also that Deus Ex Machina device near the end of the film was groan inducing.

Still for what its worth, it was better than episodes I, II and III.

I think a bit part of it was Disney saying to all the star wars fans "we got your back, and are going to do way better than Lucas", kinda like the first one was fan service. It was getting the huge hype machine going to keep merchandizing etc sales up, and get a new generation of people interested and fans of star wars.
I'm fairly sure the next couple will depart in larger ways.
Incidentally, 99% of all the quotes and homages were paid to the classic trilogy, so if someone has never seen any star wars, they can watch the classic trilogy, and skip the crappy trilogy entirely, then watch this new movie, and not miss a thing.
 
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News Comments > French Steam Lawsuit
32. Re: French Steam Lawsuit Dec 19, 2015, 12:45 Dev
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 18, 2015, 17:22:
Dev wrote on Dec 18, 2015, 17:06:
In regards to the streaming thing... Valve development has always been VERY spotty. You can see patch history of their games, and their client, etc. Bugs that were fixed in L4D1 were rebroken in L4D2, and things got "fixed" half a dozen times (like falling through elevator). Some exploits known about for years never fixed, etc.
Part of it is the whole "I'm bored, going to wheel my desk over here and stop patchwork for while" thing they have going on.

So you are saying a company that has more than a billion $ worth of actual money does not employ QA procedures before they push out an official steam client update?

Basically, yeah. Q&A is boring, so who wants to wheel desks over to Q&A? No managers there, so no one to tell them they have to Q&A. Q&A and release schedules are something they suck at, because... flat management structure. I'm sure they do a minimal amount of Q&A, but if you keep up with change logs on steam client, L4D, TF2, DOTA, etc you'd see how many times they patch stuff and repatch it, and break stuff that's already fixed, etc. Another thing I've seen, they'll claim they fixed something couple times, then end up just disabling that entire feature so they don't have to spend more time fixing it (see many console commands disabled over the years).
When stuff gets too boring, they abandon it for a while or try and give the workload to someone else (like greenlight was done so they could get out of the boring job of playing games to see if they should be on steam, they even said that on the news release).

Flat management structure is great for a lot of things, including many I love valve for, but not for this kinda stuff.
 
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News Comments > French Steam Lawsuit
14. Re: French Steam Lawsuit Dec 18, 2015, 17:06 Dev
 
In regards to the streaming thing... Valve development has always been VERY spotty. You can see patch history of their games, and their client, etc. Bugs that were fixed in L4D1 were rebroken in L4D2, and things got "fixed" half a dozen times (like falling through elevator). Some exploits known about for years never fixed, etc.
Part of it is the whole "I'm bored, going to wheel my desk over here and stop patchwork for while" thing they have going on.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Realms Free Trial
8. Re: Minecraft Realms Free Trial Dec 15, 2015, 09:30 Dev
 
They are going to quickly learn that without credit card details, people are going to just generate a new trial signup every 30 days.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Nears $100M
59. Re: Star Citizen Nears $100M Dec 13, 2015, 19:00 Dev
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Dec 12, 2015, 21:27:
It's just a rushed release probably to avoid legal action (you need to deliver something 12 months after the initial KS target, right?).
No, I have backed several KS that are years late (just for like $10 mind you).

It's because of their TOS where they promise specific dates and weird stuff like that they will refund if they don't meet the date. Promising dates was stupid in the first place in a TOS, AND then they went back and modified those dates lol.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Nears $100M
58. Re: Star Citizen Nears $100M Dec 13, 2015, 18:54 Dev
 
DangerDog wrote on Dec 12, 2015, 15:16:
We should all thank Derek Smart for providing the motivational force behind getting Cloud Imperium Games to get off their lazy asses and release this update to the CryEngine tech demo known as Star Citizen.

Thanks Derek!
 
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News Comments > Valve on Steam Trade Changes
7. Re: Valve on Steam Trade Changes Dec 10, 2015, 17:09 Dev
 
This is more about all the valve employees having to wheel their desks over to the security computer for more and more each month to fix each stolen account. That's why hl3 isn't done yet.

Joking... Mostly
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Patch Breaks Mod Support
48. Re: Fallout 4 Patch Breaks Mod Support Dec 9, 2015, 08:58 Dev
 
Creston wrote on Dec 8, 2015, 16:50:
Sigh, I just knew it. No issues with the game whatsoever besides the occasional funky glitch in the game for 120+ hours straight, and the patch gets sneak installed last night, and voila, 2 crashes already so far today.

FUCKING FANTASTIC. Thanks for no longer allowing people to defer patches, Steam. Really appreciate it.

You'd have to do what someone else suggested, which is play steam offline. Which is a pain, and I doubt I'd do it.

Another possible option is to copy the entire game folder elsewhere and run it from another location. That MIGHT work, not sure without trying it.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Patch Breaks Mod Support
25. Re: Fallout 4 Patch Breaks Mod Support Dec 7, 2015, 17:38 Dev
 
Acleacius wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 14:47:
No way I will update till everything settles down. I finally got LOOT running, it's been driving me crazy having 106 mods, 51 of which are eps plugins. Even though the masterlist is just getting started, it recognized and sorted all 51 esp files.
How will you be stopping it what with steam update and all?

Also I hear the beta disabled esp file loading,and news on if the final does?
 
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News Comments > Paragon is a MOBA
21. Re: Paragon is a MOBA Dec 7, 2015, 09:43 Dev
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 6, 2015, 16:33:
Remember when WoW took off and then everyone and their brother wanted to make an MMO game and pretty soon the market was so flooded that they could barely make a profit?

I predict the same market saturation here.
LOL I came here to post the same thing.

Someone like epic is big enough that they should be leading market and making next big thing, not following in the "me too" market. Like why not make a FPS like the latest demos of their engine shows is possible?
 
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News Comments > Full Throttle Remastered & Psychonauts VR Game Announced
8. Re: Full Throttle Remastered & Psychonauts VR Game Announced Dec 6, 2015, 20:30 Dev
 
I'm interested in the Day of the Tentacle remaster!  
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News Comments > Psychonauts 2 Announced
20. Re: Psychonauts 2 Announced Dec 6, 2015, 16:15 Dev
 
It's quite possible that without this, the studio will go under or be drastically downsized. I think that the whole broken age thing hurt them (because they had to sink so much of their own money into it that they cannibalized from other things), and they haven't had a smash hit since then.

I wish they had a $1 reward, I'd jump on that. Not in a hurry to do more at the moment.

Edit: That investment option they are offering on fig is interesting:
https://www.fig.co/campaigns/psychonauts-2/invest
I doubt it would be a good one, but interesting. One bad thing though I that they are treating it as investment in Fig company, not double fine. I wonder if that's so they can cut ties if it crashes and burns.
 
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News Comments > Delete Steam Games
39. Re: Delete Steam Games Dec 6, 2015, 15:55 Dev
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Dec 5, 2015, 03:44:
- Likewise: "Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead Beta (Obsolete)". The entire part in quotes is the exact way it shows up in my library including the "obsolete" part. You know, obsolete. O.b.s.o.l.e.t.e.
Then why the fuck is it still there, Bohemia/Valve??? Goddammit!
[...]
- Or the new Steam versions of some games that were introduced because of GFWL going the way of the dodo. Example: Company of Heroes. It got a new library entry because of the GFWL crap but why would you ever want to start the old one now? It's nice to be able to remove the redundant entry via deletion.
Sadly the obsolete game is part of a bundle and it will delete the entire Arma 2 bundle to remove it.
Company of heroes is too, and I will lose my THQ catalog bundle if I remove it.

Looks like this feature is more and more useless after all.

However, thanks to the posts about how to HIDE them!
Sadly I can't hide things in the tools category. OR the music category (I don't need 7 music albums of "advisor" all in different languages, I only care about the English one)

I have a war of roses beta, a left 4 dead 2 beta that I've hidden so far.

I'll hide the stardrive beta as soon as I get the "Liberator
Freed the Owlwoks" achievement it has. Anyone know how?


Any other suggestions on replaced games or obsolete/beta/crap to try and remove or hide?

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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
17. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Dec 6, 2015, 14:42 Dev
 
BTW, be careful of this link. My Kaspersky is alerting me of a bad jsquery object on it, that it says is trying to download malware.
Blue: I suggest linking another site besides gamepolitics.

This guy also was found guilty of discharging a firearm. So he has or has access to a gun and is shooting it off, which is not a good sign in a case like this.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
2. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 6, 2015, 13:31 Dev
 
Awesome of our Gov to give bad ideas to all the other 3rd world countries out there.  
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News Comments > Pre-Steam Sale Prices Raised?
61. Re: Pre-Steam Sale Prices Raised? Nov 28, 2015, 13:06 Dev
 
It's allowed since steam gives full price freedom to it's clients.

The defense is to check isthereanydeal.com for price history, or better yet, install the enhanced steam chrome plugin and it will tell you on every page if it's the lowest ever sale by using that data, or what the lowest ever sale was on the item you are looking at.
 
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News Comments > AMD Crimson Drivers Debut
6. Re: AMD Crimson Drivers Debut Nov 25, 2015, 12:15 Dev
 
Wake me when they keep to their "we will frequently update drives now really we promise" promises that they've done every few years and stick to for like 1 quarter.
I've seen monthly and quarterly promises broken.

Promises to rededicate themselves to drivers make me think of microsofts promises to rededicate themselves to PC games. At least AMD's actions/promises don't usually harm the entire PC gaming industry.

The sad thing is, from what I've seen, while they sometimes have more capable hardware than NVidia, they rarely take advantage of it with the drivers, and it always ends up hurting them in benchmarks. Then there's the total failure to provide timely crossfire driver support for games. Nvidia often has that out of the gate on release day, and also has a fallback manual SLI mode option. The rare people who own SLI/crossfire are also the most diehard gamers likely to buy games and video card hardware on day 1, and these are the ones most getting screwed over by poor drivers.

Anyway, this is a good move, just not enough to make me think positively of them until they start consistently showing driver development.

Edit: From anadtech
"AMD also polled the community of Radeon users for their top 10 most annoying bugs, and it claims to have fixed those issues in the Crimson release. Some of the more galling problems that the community brought to light included GTA V crashes on Radeon R9 390X cards, errors related to driver installation on systems with Radeon R9 380 cards, and a Diablo 3 crash in the Desolate Sands area of the game."

This is the kinda thing they need to do more often, both NVidia and AMD. Fix the top most complained about graphics drivers issues.

"AMD says it plans up to six major WHQL Radeon Software releases in 2016, along with additional beta releases. That's compared to three WHQL releases and nine beta releases for all of 2015. Given that Nvidia will be releasing 12 WHQL driver updates by the end of this year alone, AMD may have to lean on quality over quantity for those releases, but the polish of Radeon Software Crimson Edition suggests the company has the chops necessary to do just that. "

Exactly what I was talking about above. And no, I don't believe they have the chops to keep this additional promise of a new WHQL driver every 2 months.

Edit 2:
Looks like AMD didn't bother testing Fallout 4, it's such a tiny unknown game release, right?
This driver release apparently breaks the compass in it. Though some people may prefer that for realism

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News Comments > On Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Support
5. Re: On Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Support Nov 25, 2015, 12:02 Dev
 
I've been waiting for a deep steam sale. Maybe others have too. I own everything Space Battles 1 already.  
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Console Command Warning
17. Re: Fallout 4 Console Command Warning Nov 24, 2015, 15:56 Dev
 
Creston wrote on Nov 24, 2015, 12:57:
You can do hilariously bad things with the console. I tried to 'setscale' an irritating bush, that was messing up an awesome house I was trying to build, to 0 , and instead I apparently clicked, like, "THE WORLD", and setscaled that to 0, and oops.
LOL, what happened?
 
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News Comments > Green Man Gaming Top Five
4. Re: Green Man Gaming Top Five Nov 23, 2015, 22:10 Dev
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 23, 2015, 21:19:
Grokk wrote on Nov 23, 2015, 20:42:
I wonder if the steam top10 includes keys purchased elsewhere?

Given that GMG sells steam keys, some of those could possibly be counted twice.
Not that it really makes any difference to me though.

I always assumed it was best selling games regardless of where the keys come from.
No, steam top10 is revenue. They couldn't track that kinda thing from other companies.
 
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