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Signed On Feb 11, 2006, 23:49
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News Comments > Open World Star Wars Game Plans?
3. Re: Open World Star Wars Game Plans? Mar 24, 2018, 15:31 CJ_Parker
 
Well, of course open world is perfect for MTX and lootbox milking so no surprise Disney/EA are going that direction.
The surprise is more that it is taking them so long. You'd think they would already have at least one game similar to UbiShit open world formula out there.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
1. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 23, 2018, 12:46 CJ_Parker
 
Under Laidlaw's direction we might've learned a more about Solas, the elven apostate who played a large role in Dragon Age Inquisition (which Kat enjoyed) and its Trespasser DLC. "Post-Dragon Age: Inquisition Trespasser DLC, there's obviously a route to go with the Solas revelations," Laidlaw says. "If you've played Trespasser, you will know what logically will follow." The idea of possibly following Solas into Dragon Age 4 is intriguing, as the Dragon Age games aren't direct sequels of each other.

Uh, thanks but no thanks. Solas isn't exactly the most interesting character and maybe he's had enough of his 15m of fame now?
I'd rather see them introduce and explore new characters in a new game.

That does not mean that I would not like some old characters to return but the story of a DA4 should not revolve around one of the companions from DAI IMHO.

DAI was a huge game and maybe some of us do not even care about certain members of the old cast? I played a mage as my main and I barely cared about Solas. My usual party consisted of Cassandra (defensive tank), Blackwall (offensive dps/tank) and Varric (ranged dps / rogue skills). Fuck Solas.
 
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News Comments > Metro Exodus Ray Tracing Support Plans
4. Re: Metro Exodus Ray Tracing Support Plans Mar 21, 2018, 20:49 CJ_Parker
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 21, 2018, 19:59:
Not that I would not welcome this, but supporting something only 2 GPU's costing upwards 2500$ can support is kinda.. weird

By fall we'll have Volta/Ampere so you may only need a single $1299 card!
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA GPP Concerns Linger
21. Re: NVIDIA GPP Concerns Linger Mar 21, 2018, 20:44 CJ_Parker
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 21, 2018, 18:39:
Well I have to see something here really affect me. I do know they've been fair to me in terms of performance improvements over the years. Some bag on them hard saying they are milking us pre-high price sitch. I don't know what they are seeing, compared to about any other microchip makers, esp cpu's, they are way above avg on leaps forward. They have some 10% gens but they also throw in 25%-50+% generational improvements, that is massive in this sector.

Agree. I judge them by their products and ever since 3Dfx went bust I have owned nothing but nVidia cards because I'm a satisfied customer.
It is OK in my book to try to get an edge on the competition. The competition does not sleep either. AMD has also tried to one up nVidia with stuff like Mantle or the Gaming Evolved program.
No problem. May the one with the better overall package win...

As for regular prices (i.e. ignoring the current crypto$ craze), sure, it would be nice to get cheaper cards but if you look at the numbers behind the scenes, e.g. how R&D expenditure has exploded for chip makers then it should come as no surprise to anyone that high end GPUs are an expensive hobby.

The GPP is still a bit of a curious move at this point though. Mining aside, nVidia has probably never been in a stronger position in the dGPU market.
Why attempt to drive the nail in the AMD coffin now and risk regulatory steps?
I might understand this if they would be losing market share left, right and center but they're not, all the while posting one record quarter after another... strange.

It must be something behind the scenes maybe where some board partners are currently focusing all of their resources and efforts on AMD mining card production for the big farms while nVidia may be struggling to allocate production capacities for their Pascal and also the future Volta/Ampere gaming lineup?
Huang has confirmed they have (Pascal-based cards) supply issues at the last conference call.

So maybe the GPP is a gentle reminder by nVidia to board partners that it has mostly been nVidia chips for gaming that have been driving the partners' sales before the mining craze and also a hint that nVidia are taking notes who is being disloyal now by shifting capacities to the competition for a quick mining buck.

That's just about the only logical explanation I can come up with.
 
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News Comments > Sea of Thieves Fix Plans
2. Re: Sea of Thieves Fix Plans Mar 21, 2018, 20:09 CJ_Parker
 
We have seen some performance issues reported when playing Sea of Thieves on Xbox One X.

MUUUUUUAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA GPP Concerns Linger
14. Re: NVIDIA GPP Concerns Linger Mar 21, 2018, 13:11 CJ_Parker
 
MacLeod wrote on Mar 21, 2018, 12:47:
VaranDragon wrote on Mar 21, 2018, 12:22:
They didn't do 3rd party cards back in those days, which is another reason why the company was destined for eventual downfall.

Am I misremembering? I'm pretty sure that Creative and Diamond at least made Voodoo2 cards.

Diamond was the first to market (at least here in EU) with the original 3Dfx Voodoo as well. I know because I bought one as soon as it came out. Good old Diamond Monster 3D... literally a game-changer . The other company that had early availability was Orchid.
IIRC, it was mostly between these two early on... Creative entered the fray later with their "Graphics Blaster" lineup.

@Raz0r! Ah yes, but that was very late in the (3Dfx) game when they started making all sorts of dumb decisions that led to their untimely demise unfortunately (from Wikipedia)...

The acquisition of STB was one of the main contributors to 3dfx's downfall; the company did not sell any Voodoo 4 or 5 chips to third party manufacturers which were a significant source of revenue for the company. These third-party manufacturers turned into competitors and began sourcing graphics chips from NVIDIA.
This also further alienated 3dfx's remaining OEM customers, as they had a single source for 3dfx products and could not choose a CEM to provide cost flexibility. The OEMs saw 3dfx as a direct competitor in retail. With the purchase of STB 3dfx created a line of Velocity boards (an STB brand) that used crippled Voodoo3 chips, as a product to target the low-end market. The chip came with only a single functional TMU, making it similar to a Voodoo Banshee.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA GPP Concerns Linger
8. Re: NVIDIA GPP Concerns Linger Mar 21, 2018, 12:40 CJ_Parker
 
VaranDragon wrote on Mar 21, 2018, 12:22:
Also apart from the failed banshee, the voodoo chips were built and produced in house on their own cards by 3dfx themseleves. They didn't do 3rd party cards back in those days, which is another reason why the company was destined for eventual downfall.

What? So did I just dream about the existence of Diamond, Orchid, Creative etc. Voodoo cards?
3Dfx provided the partners with reference boards (just as AMD and nVidia -not always for every chip but in most cases- do today). The partners were free to deviate from the reference designs. 3Dfx was mostly a chip supplier just like AMD and nVidia today while the partners built the boards.

As for the news here, let's wait and see what's really behind it. I hope that nVidia is playing fair.
Board partners delisting AMD might also simply have to do with the fact that their cards suck ass for anything but mining. Well, and maybe the board partners are not amused by high returns as a result of fried 24/7 mining GPUs with defunct fans etc.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Selling Ubisoft Stake
6. Re: Vivendi Selling Ubisoft Stake Mar 20, 2018, 21:49 CJ_Parker
 
According to this source, they acquired the shares over a long period of time...

Vivendi purchased its Ubisoft shares for a total of 750 million Euros over the last several years, and this exit has netted it a huge profit. But Ubisoft is finally free from the Vivendi threat, so Guillemot is also happy.

... and more on Tencent...

Ubisoft is referring to Tencent as a “long-term” investor, and that is how it tends to handle these deals. As with other Chinese companies, Tencent prefers to acquire a minority share in a successful business so it can let the company continue to operate as it always has.

That does not mean Tencent will not lend some help to Ubisoft going forward.

“The new strategic partnership agreement we signed [with Tencent] will enable Ubisoft to accelerate its development in China in the coming years and fully leverage a market with great potential,” said Guillemot.

And Ubisoft is in a strong position to benefit from Tencent. China is the biggest gaming market in the world in terms of spending, and it is also impenetrable due to burdensome regulations on foreign media and Tencent’s near monopoly on software distribution. To even get into the country, the Chinese government forces developers to get a domestic publishing partner as a sponsor.

Well, now Tencent can act as Ubisoft’s sponsor, and that could enable the company to expose its popular online shooters like Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege and the upcoming Division 2 to a huge and important market that was difficult to capitalize on up to this point.
 
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News Comments > New Assassin's Creed Rumor
14. Re: New Assassin's Creed Rumor Mar 20, 2018, 21:21 CJ_Parker
 
Exactly. It now seems that they were planning on an AC Origins trilogy all along. Egypt, Greece, Rome.

I guess we do know from certain Animus snippets that they have most likely toyed with the idea of an Asian themed AC in the past. Let us also not forget that they have actually done the Asian-themed AC Chronicles China spinoff .

They might have well used that series to test the waters with regard to more exotic settings (the AC Chronicles games have been set in China, Russia and India so far). Who knows what their conclusions are based on the reception of those games... only time will tell.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Selling Ubisoft Stake
3. Re: Vivendi Selling Ubisoft Stake Mar 20, 2018, 21:06 CJ_Parker
 
Bullshit. Tencent is only interested in the dividends and cross-marketing effects while Ubi gets easier access to the Chinese market this way which will in return drive up their profits and thus Tencent's profit share a.k.a dividends ( = the very essence of their "strategic partnership").

What a load of bollocks to assume that the monetization of individual Ubi titles would be affected by this move. This isn't a takeover. Tencent has not bought 51% of Ubi. Ubi is still in full control of everything that is happening with their lineup.

Feel free to read the corresponding press release. This is more about Ubi getting their foot into the Chinese market rather than Tencent getting a foothold in Ubi or wanting to control things (Tencent already is the no. 1 worldwide publisher so they would surely face regulation if they tried to acquire too much influence).
 
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News Comments > Sea of Thieves Sets Sail
29. Re: Sea of Thieves Sets Sail Mar 20, 2018, 19:34 CJ_Parker
 
xXStellarDadXx wrote on Mar 20, 2018, 19:10:
Game servers being hammered...fuck i cant play it...well ...maybe tomarrow...

Poor single geezer hamster on crutches is getting hammered by the three people who actually use the Microshit store...
 
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News Comments > New Assassin's Creed Rumor
11. Re: New Assassin's Creed Rumor Mar 20, 2018, 17:05 CJ_Parker
 
Ancient Greece sounds like a rather logical next step after Egypt. Then ancient Rome next with Cesar and Cleo.

As for Greece, it's making me wonder if they would stick to actual historical ancient Greece or mix it up with the mythology like Ulysses' ten year odyssey, the Sirens, the Cyclops, Circe and all that stuff.

I'd definitely rather have Greece than anything Asian. If they'd have to leave the European continent, I'd rather see them explore the Mayas, Aztecs or Incas.
Asia would be at the very bottom of my favs. It just would not fit very well with the whole theme of AC and I also think it would be awkward to get it right with the culture, the characters, the language etc.
 
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News Comments > Sea of Thieves Sets Sail
14. Re: Sea of Thieves Sets Sail Mar 20, 2018, 13:33 CJ_Parker
 
Prez wrote on Mar 20, 2018, 10:18:
I don't mind using Uplay and Origin as well as Steam. It's the Windows Store that I have a problem with.

^ this

After the GFWL debacle MS can go and fuck themselves. They can also go and shove anything named 'Xbox' up their asses. I'm a PC gamer. I do not want Xbox shit on my PC.
First thing I did after the free upgrade, I have uninstalled the Windows store and also everything that is named Xbox from my system (game bar and all that retarded shit no one needs) and it will stay that way. Fuck Spycroshit!

Also lol @ this game. It's 2018. This game visually and technically looks like a MMO clone that should have come out 15 - 20 years ago when MMOs were still a thing. Fuck this garbage. Typical MS tho... totally inept to produce anything even remotely interesting.
 
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News Comments > HTC VIVE Pro Preorders
33. Re: HTC VIVE Pro Preorders Mar 19, 2018, 18:04 CJ_Parker
 
Overpriced garbage is what this is.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 18, 2018, 18:15 CJ_Parker
 
xXStellarDadXx wrote on Mar 18, 2018, 13:01:
PUBG no.1 for a year now me thinks?

Almost. It's been no. 1 since the week ending March 26th so one more or two more weeks depending on how anal we are about that one day (i.e. since next week Sunday is only the 25th which is technically -1 day from a full year).
 
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News Comments > Ghost of a Tale Released
8. Re: Ghost of a Tale Released Mar 18, 2018, 18:11 CJ_Parker
 
Minstrel mouse????!!!???!?

MICKEY FUCKING MOUSE OR GTFO MAGGITZ!!!1111
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 5 Bill of Rights Trailer
16. Re: Far Cry 5 Bill of Rights Trailer Mar 17, 2018, 20:56 CJ_Parker
 
LG has a similar promo for some of their gaming LCDs. That's how I got a "free" FC5 key even though I was going to wait for the gold version to go on sale (as always with UbiShit games).
Oh well, I guess I might check out FC5 sooner than expected then, especially since the DLC is standalone and not connected to the main game anyway.
 
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News Comments > Myst Series Coming to Windows 10
6. Re: Myst Series Coming to Windows 10 Mar 17, 2018, 20:49 CJ_Parker
 
The visuals were spectacular back in the day but otherwise I'd rather watch some paint dry than (re)playing any Myst game on Win 10... Wink  
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News Comments > MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries Video Teases New Biomes
1. Re: MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries Video Teases New Biomes Mar 15, 2018, 16:25 CJ_Parker
 
Por favor no hace el sucko!  
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Delayed
6. Re: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Delayed Mar 14, 2018, 15:11 CJ_Parker
 
Check out this article on PC Gamer for an explanation on ship combat:

https://www.pcgamer.com/watch-pillars-of-eternity-2-deadfires-ship-combat-in-action/

*snip*

Ship combat, which is turn-based, takes place on a separate screen with its own dedicated interface. There’s a circle showing you which way your ship is facing relative to the enemy, and you command your crew by selecting items on a menu. You can use a turn to reposition your ship, speed up to get closer to your opponent, slow down to create some distance, or fire your weapons. Your cannons are only effective at specific ranges, however, which makes positioning important. If you’re trading paint with the enemy, your long range guns will be useless. An illustration showing the enemy ship, its distance, and its current level of damage is an at-a-glance way to see how the battle is going.
 
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