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Signed On Dec 13, 2004, 01:09
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
19. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 6, 2016, 01:43 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 20:00:
Dev wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 14:45:
Yeah and you know what? Those are still all part of the average PC gaming systems. I'd include the 17% or so that have intel integrated in that crappy specs portion. Or maybe they only play casual mobile phone ports that steam seems to have too many of nowadays. Still part of that average.

But that's not the hardware specifications of people who actually buy games, which is who developers should be targeting.

Instead of just saying X people own a Geforce 980, Steam should say X people own a 980, Y thousand hours have been played on a 980, each owner buys an average of Z titles.

This would weed out little Timmy's grandma's aging PC that he used that one weekend he was dragged out there. 1 game for 4 hours on some ancient card wouldn't carry much weight while someone who has spent thousands of hours on dozens of games - i.e. most of us here - would count for a lot more.

Basically, weight the averages based on how much money can potentially be extracted. Perhaps this information is available to developers, I've no idea what analytics they have access to.
Why would they need to do that though? Maybe Timmy would buy a copy anyway even if he only played once. And the most common graphics card according to the survey is a NVidia 970 (admittedly only at 5% but higher than any other single card). So they should already be targeting that at a minimum (with options to turn down detail to run on lower end stuff), as long as the game is graphics intensive. If it's not, and the gameplay is more important, such as kerbal or prison architect, etc, then they don't need to think about the graphics category much at all.

While I have no doubt steam is capable of the demographics that you said (assuming they are willing to wheel their desks away from the TF2 hat simulator long enough), I doubt they would provide them to the devs.

Anyway, just my thoughts.
 
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News Comments > Allison Road Cancelled
5. Re: Allison Road Cancelled Jun 6, 2016, 01:37 Dev
 
Overon wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 23:54:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 17:36:
Overon wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 12:41:
Are they going to reinstate the kickstarter now?

What they asked in the KS wouldn't have financed a game like the one they pitched anyway... and apparently neither can the money Team17 wanted to invest.
They got 145,000 toward their 250,000 goal, so it seems KS would have financed it.
Unless it was one of those "we aren't telling you, but the goal is really only high enough to get a vertical slice done to show to a publisher to get complete funding"
I've had a KS I backed, canceled years after funding because of that. They didn't say that up front or I would not have backed it.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
7. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 5, 2016, 18:04 Dev
 
Pigeon wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 14:08:
Dev wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 13:45:
Saboth wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 12:58:
Exactly. They are trying to make up for the loss in TV subscriptions by creating arbitrary limits and fees. Whereas in the past you might have paid $100-$120 for TV+internet, people are dropping TV and going with internet-only, so the companies are maybe getting only $60-$80. So now they implement caps and start charging $35-$50 if you go "over" your false cap, so they still make $100+ on the consumer. So the consumer thinks: "Hmm, I can pay $40 a month for Hulu, Netflix, Sling, then $50 for overage charges, and $75 for internet for a total of $165, or I could just sign up for that Comcast TV deal for $125, and my streaming would go back down to 200-300 GB a month and I don't have to deal with those overage fees. Essentially when you buy TV, your "streaming" (transfer of data to watch TV) is free. When you use cable to stream from other sources, you are now charged for it, meaning Comcast is giving themselves a big advantage over competitors. We were using 200-300 GB when we had internet and cable TV. Now that we cut the cord, that's more like 600-700. I would think someone would point out exempting their cable service from data transfer rates while charging all other sources of TV streaming is anti-competitive.
Or, people with a clue have the option to get Comcast business for $70 and have no caps at all. (at least in areas where it's available)

For a 16Mbps/3Mbps connection and 2 year agreement. It would be $110 for me to keep the same speed I currently have, so lets not pretend that's a deal...
Depends on the math. If you are downloading enough to go over caps all the time, and you are in the situation described by Saboth above, it might be. If that's not you, then yeah it might not fit. Internet isn't one size fits all.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 5, 2016, 14:45 Dev
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 14:03:
And that has to be taken with a grain of salt.
How many systems have steam running in the background (along with weatherbug) that have crappy specs and were never meant for gaming, except for that one time when Timmy was visiting and installed TF2.
My guess is a lot of them.
lies, damn lies and statistics.
Yeah and you know what? Those are still all part of the average PC gaming systems. I'd include the 17% or so that have intel integrated in that crappy specs portion. Or maybe they only play casual mobile phone ports that steam seems to have too many of nowadays. Still part of that average.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
1. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jun 5, 2016, 13:47 Dev
 
More accurately:
"One gamer decides to take on a rather unique project, turning a Game Boy Color-themed Burger King toy into a working device that plays Game Boy games."
He took the toy and put a raspberry pi into it, with emulator and roms.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
4. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 5, 2016, 13:45 Dev
 
Saboth wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 12:58:
Exactly. They are trying to make up for the loss in TV subscriptions by creating arbitrary limits and fees. Whereas in the past you might have paid $100-$120 for TV+internet, people are dropping TV and going with internet-only, so the companies are maybe getting only $60-$80. So now they implement caps and start charging $35-$50 if you go "over" your false cap, so they still make $100+ on the consumer. So the consumer thinks: "Hmm, I can pay $40 a month for Hulu, Netflix, Sling, then $50 for overage charges, and $75 for internet for a total of $165, or I could just sign up for that Comcast TV deal for $125, and my streaming would go back down to 200-300 GB a month and I don't have to deal with those overage fees. Essentially when you buy TV, your "streaming" (transfer of data to watch TV) is free. When you use cable to stream from other sources, you are now charged for it, meaning Comcast is giving themselves a big advantage over competitors. We were using 200-300 GB when we had internet and cable TV. Now that we cut the cord, that's more like 600-700. I would think someone would point out exempting their cable service from data transfer rates while charging all other sources of TV streaming is anti-competitive.
Or, people with a clue have the option to get Comcast business for $70 and have no caps at all. (at least in areas where it's available)
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 5, 2016, 13:35 Dev
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 12:10:
Long Live the Meaningless Steam Top 10
Not meaningless. Steam has a big enough audience it can be said to be a list of what an average PC gamer is buying in a given week.
(with certain exclusions, for instance games not offered on its platform like Overwatch).


Just as the steam hardware survey can be said to be the average PC gamer install base. For instance, over half of all PC gamers own NVidia cards (twice that of ATI) so it would be wise for devs to focus on making sure those are well supported.
A surprising 40%+ of PC gamers have a dx12 capable card with win 10 (probably more due to MS's shenanigans with forcing win 10 upgrades than anything else).
Over 90% of PC gamers have 2 or more cores.
Most common display resolution for PC gamers is 1080p

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
1. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 5, 2016, 10:43 Dev
 
Youtubers in top 10 for second week? heh  
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News Comments > Allison Road Cancelled
1. Re: Allison Road Cancelled Jun 5, 2016, 10:42 Dev
 
Going to guess the team 17 deal fell through. Or IP issues  
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News Comments > Hard Reset Redux Released
25. Re: Hard Reset Redux Released Jun 4, 2016, 22:24 Dev
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 4, 2016, 17:51:
Hehe, yes, let's blame it on Valve. If they can code a check whether someone owns one of the games in question then they could have certainly also coded the page to not display the "offer ends" text since it doesn't apply to owners of previous games, right?

Vaaaaaalllvvvvee u maggots... fix ur stoar!!11
I agree, yes it's fixable. But it's one minor problem that's too boring for them to fix, along with all the other major problems they continue to have in the store. No one wants to wheel their desk to the "fix store page" corner, it's lonely there.
 
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News Comments > 100 Million Minecraft March
8. Re: 100 Million Minecraft March Jun 4, 2016, 17:03 Dev
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 13:43:
Do any of you guys have kids?

Have you walked into any Toy Store recently?

It's basically Marvel and Minecraft everywhere..

100 Million seems low to how crazy popular minecraft stuff is.
Dude, have you been in a year or two? You forgot something. Bigger than even those two is STAR WARS, being as Disney is well versed in marketing. They have the market pretty well covered from top to bottom in star wars stuff, even specifically made dollar merch for the dollar store.
 
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News Comments > Hard Reset Redux Released
23. Re: Hard Reset Redux Released Jun 4, 2016, 17:00 Dev
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 4, 2016, 12:51:
However, yeah, that is probably the generic text for the general (10%?) discount that does end on June 10th while the special owner discount continues forever. My bad. I admit it. I'm a mouthbreathing dumbfuck!
Eh, if that's the worst you are mistaken about, it's not bad at all. You admitted you were wrong and moved on, and it's a minor thing overall. And this instance is certainly not enough to classify you as a dumbf***.
I might well have assumed the same thing, but I wanted to read about what was different in the redux so I read the steam store page closer.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
36. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 4, 2016, 09:52 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 17:50:
Microsoft provide a tool to disable selected updates so presumably with vigilance you could fine tune updates a bit more. You can also set your connection to be metered to stop auto-downloading of updates, which is a neater way of doing it.

Patching the OS is important, particularly for security. I'd like to do automatic updates but I don't trust Microsoft enough.

BTW, while researching this, I learned that you can right-click on the start button and get handy shortcuts to various system things. Neato.
BTW, that link mentions that this is only to TEMPORARILY disable patches. In most versions of windows 10 (except I think enterprise) MS WILL override that selection and force install of declined patches within several months, unless you have the LTSB version of enterprise.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
35. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 4, 2016, 09:42 Dev
 
wtf_man wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 13:02:
It's much easier to avoid Microsoft Spyware with Windows 7 than Windows 10...

Remove Window 7 Spying Updates

VS.

Microsoft Technet Article to Disable most Windows 10 phoning home

The reason the latter is an article and not a "suggested privacy tool"... is that one needs to see exactly how much work / garbage to disable to clean up windows 10. This is from Microsoft themselves!!!
Thanks for the link, I knew some of this, hadn't seen the official MS link. One thing I noticed was this article was updated just yesterday, I imagine to tweak the added crapton of additional adjustable privacy settings in one of the recent windows 10 updates. MS now claims it's sufficient added settings to configure that it can now "prevent Windows from sending any data to Microsoft"
They also beg you not to change the settings, because you will ruin, and I quote "delightful personalized" things.
One bit I knew that's nice to see confirmed by MS, is that the only way to get the complete anti-spy solution with the complete gamut of settings is to go win 10 enterprise:

However, you must use Windows 10 Enterprise, version 1511 or Windows 10 Education, version 1511 to manage them all.

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News Comments > Hard Reset Redux Released
17. Re: Hard Reset Redux Released Jun 4, 2016, 05:35 Dev
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 12:13:
I'm in EU and was able to buy this just now on Steam for 3 as an owner of the original game. The 85% discount is valid until June 10th.
No, they say on the store page the discount will be FOREVER (as long as game is around).
I was going to buy it until they said that. Now it's on my wishlist waiting until I buy a batch of games on a steam sale.

Owners of any version Hard Reset receive an 85% discount on Hard Reset Redux: All owners of any digital version of the original Hard Reset will receive an 85% discount on Hard Reset Redux. This discount will go into effect today, and will last for the lifetime of the game. Please note that this discount is non-stackable though, so it cannot increase in combination with other promotions of the game.
 
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News Comments > 100 Million Minecraft March
6. Re: 100 Million Minecraft March Jun 3, 2016, 09:24 Dev
 
Numinar wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 03:12:
All my friend's/relative's male kids are into this. Every. Single. One. Number almost seems too low.

I think the mobile/tablet version is the gateway that gets them badgering mum and dad for a console or PC to play "Real" Minecraft.

And it certainly deserves it. I can't think of any other game with the appeal, sophistication and possibilities of MC.
And it's creative and educational too. It's not a mindless crapper of a dumbed down game as so many popular games are.
 
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News Comments > 7 Million Play Overwatch, Minus a Bunch of Cheaters
22. Re: 7 Million Play Overwatch, Minus a Bunch of Cheaters Jun 3, 2016, 09:23 Dev
 
Cpmartins wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 20:52:
It's very likely to be using one form or another of hardware banning. The HD serial number is one thing that is very hard to falsify.
Planetside 2 uses them and you'll either have to RAID your drives, use a program who has access to ring 0 (thus making it a very risky option) or buy another HD. It's quite effective, and cheating in PS2 is pretty much nonexistent as far as I'm aware.

Those lagswitching pieces of shit though...
If you mean the HD serial number assigned by software when formatting the drive, that can be changed fairly easily within windows with programs. The serial from the drive itself by reading SMART values or some such is a different matter.
They could also be going by hardware network MAC address, which is sometimes changeable but not always, and most people don't realize it. Comcast uses MACs to identify subscriber modems for instance.
 
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News Comments > Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games
32. Re: Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games Jun 1, 2016, 23:39 Dev
 
Since no one else bothered, here's a list:

Bit Trip Runner
Braid
Breach & Clear
Breach & Clear: Dead Line
Broken Sword: director's cut
FTL Advanced edition
Galactic Civilization 3
Mount & Blade
Project Zomboid
Saints Row 2
Shadowrun Returns
Sherlock Holes: Secret of the silver earring
Incredible adventures of Van Helsing Final Cut
Witcher: Enhanced edition
The Witness
To the moon
Trine Enchanted edition
Two Worlds
Unreal Gold
Unreal Tournament GOTY
vvvvv
xenonauts
 
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News Comments > Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog
11. Re: Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog Jun 1, 2016, 00:20 Dev
 
Blue,
first two links are broken
 
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News Comments > Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog
10. Re: Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog Jun 1, 2016, 00:20 Dev
 
So... they have so much cash from microtransactions they want to start buying companies?  
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