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Signed On Feb 11, 2006, 23:49
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News Comments > Star Citizen Alpha 2.0
36. Re: Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 Dec 12, 2015, 05:49 CJ_Parker
Illumin wrote on Dec 12, 2015, 01:46:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 12, 2015, 00:48:
Great White Shark wrote on Dec 11, 2015, 22:50:
Cutter wrote on Dec 11, 2015, 20:19:
That trailer looks exactly like every other one over the last few years. I don't see any real progress there. And the animations still look horrendous.

Uh literally open your fucking eyes? They are making massive strides on this, its finally starting to look like its coming together.

People like you and Derek Smart are going to look pretty dumb if this keeps moving in this direction.

They've delivered one system. Partially. Out of a promised 100. That's like me watching you run a marathon (26.2 miles) and predict you'll be able to finish because you made it to the quarter mile mark.
I have to agree with you here. If they are going with 100 systems all handmade and they want it out anytime withing the next 5 years they better step it up. Im worried its going to be 7 or 8 great systems then 90ish empty voids. Like 99.999% of Elite Dangerous's 400 billion star systems.

In the latest Around the Verse there is a Q&A with Tony Zurovec, the director of the persistent universe who talked about the PU roadmap. From the sounds of it, they are hoping to finish another system (yes ONE more) in the next few months. So we're talking months of dev time for a single system (as expected by anyone with half a brain) but yeah Christ Roberts said at Gamescom that the FULL persistent universe will be working and functioning by the end of 2016.

L to the O to the L.

At the current rate we will be lucky to leave the single digits, i.e. ten systems MAX by the end of next year. Out of a hundred. Unless they do indeed half-ass it and break more promises left, right and center by releasing 90 empty systems with asteroid belts and floating zero G turds.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Alpha 2.0
35. Re: Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 Dec 12, 2015, 05:38 CJ_Parker
Flatline wrote on Dec 12, 2015, 00:07:
Parias wrote on Dec 12, 2015, 00:00:
Flatline wrote on Dec 11, 2015, 23:55:
While I need to install this and give it a go to see how it plays, and can't tell if it's fun or not yet, I did say I'd stand corrected and admit I was wrong if they pulled off the tech, and it looks like they're pulling off the tech.

So yes, mea culpa, I was mistaken about many of the things I said.

No, you're doing it wrong! You're supposed to rant endlessly about how this game is IMPOSSIBLE and a SCAM and will NEVER EVER get made, and RANDOMLY CAPITALIZE key words to DRIVE your points home!

I always said I'd rather it work than be right about my pessimism. I'm not 100% on board, but it's promising to finally have a big grip of actual gameplay to demo and get your hands on instead of the lackluster Arena Commander that's been around for so long.

Let's get some perspective here. This crap release that is missing pretty much all of the "FIIIDDDELITEEEEEHHH" that Christ Roberts keeps spouting still only has a fraction of the promised features and they are struggling hard with only 16 players per instance.
You know, a number of players that is even LESS than what they promised would be able to man a SINGLE capital ship.

So let's not get ahead of ourselves here. They have a long, long shopping list of features to implement and need to reach their 50 to 100 players/ships per instance goal.
No one ever doubted that they could pull off this half-assed shit we got here with 2.0 with a dozen players in an instance and a reduced feature set. The doubts are and were always directed at the FULL implementation of ALL stretch goal features and the originally advertised number of ships/players per instance (the original promise was closer to 100 ships per instance by the way).
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News Comments > Modded Star Wars Battlefront 4K Footage
30. Re: Modded Star Wars Battlefront 4K Footage Dec 11, 2015, 13:29 CJ_Parker
Rigs wrote on Dec 11, 2015, 12:14:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Dec 11, 2015, 11:53:
...Battlefront is exactly what the Star Wars franchise needed.

Oh why? Why?! Why did you have to say that? I could have let it go had you not put that little bomb on the end... Sigh

Ok, you know what Star Wars needed, gaming-wise? An epic tie-in to the Force Awakens. Not a direct port of the movie, mind you. No, something like a prequel, something to set up this movie that we know almost nothing about. Something that is 'canon', in-universe, that explains the last 24 years between Endor and FA. Yes, we have comics, we have books...I want an RPG! Give me KOTOR in pre-third-trilogy form! That, my friend, is what Star Wars needed right now. Not some pretty bimbo flaunting her wares like some Mos Eisley reject that will give you a night or two of fun and a lifetime of regret.

^ this exactly ... or a Jedi Academy sequel which would also fit pretty well since JA was already about Luke rebuilding the Jedi order.
The decision to put the new trilogy some 20 years past Endor would have been the perfect opportunity to fill that gap with at least one really good game.

Unfortunately, history repeats itself. They also had the chance with the prequel trilogy and the gap between III and IV and what did they do? Piss it away with the FU games is what they did.
And now they're pissing the chance away with the casual garbage that is SWBF.

Money. Money. Money. I believe it is simply time to accept that there will never be a decent Star Wars game ever again. No one involved has any interest in making a good game. They all just want the moolah.
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News Comments > Modded Star Wars Battlefront 4K Footage
26. Re: Modded Star Wars Battlefront 4K Footage Dec 11, 2015, 13:14 CJ_Parker
Not impressed. It looks even more artificial that way (plastic rocks, overdone bloom/HDR and so on).  
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News Comments > EA's Competitive Gaming Division
12. Re: EA's Competitive Gaming Division Dec 11, 2015, 04:59 CJ_Parker
So EA is in all out copycat mode now eh? First their announcement that they want to make their own GTA, AssCreed franchise with Jade Raymond and now they want to be more like Blizzard, too.
Of course they're unable to find or build their own identity or establish their own pedigree. But I guess that is to be expected from a company that won 'Worst Company in America' twice. In a row. And being the only company so far that managed to "win" twice.

Those pathetic, unoriginal copycat clowns...
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News Comments > Cyberpunk 2077 Next Year?
1. Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Next Year? Dec 8, 2015, 10:09 CJ_Parker
No fucking way.  
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News Comments > Oriental Empires Announced
3. Re: Oriental Empires Announced Dec 7, 2015, 11:58 CJ_Parker
WTF is wrong with "Oriental"? Did I miss the latest SJW bullshit? I mean I'd understand totally if this was called "Gook Empires" or "Nigger Empires" but "Oriental"? Dafuq???  
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News Comments > Saturday Previews
5. Re: Saturday Previews Dec 6, 2015, 12:01 CJ_Parker
InBlack wrote on Dec 6, 2015, 11:00:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Dec 6, 2015, 10:34:
Also, they're planning the next two singleplayer campaigns (Squadron 42 is part of a trilogy) and will no doubt continue concepting and selling ships once the PTU is officially released.

Sq42 is all I want. Will it be possible for me to buy just the single player game without investing in ships or the PU?

Yes, dude, check here for the S42 preorder package but as you can see it still includes the PU (Star Citizen digital download). However, IIRC they confirmed at CitizenCon that there will be pure S42 packages at some point closer to the game's release. Edit: Yeah, it even says so on the product page of the preorder package so you can either buy now or wait for S42 standalone.

Answer the Call.

This package allows you to preorder Squadron 42, bundled with Star Citizen, at its all-time lowest price. This time-limited offer will end in 2016 when Squadron 42 becomes an item of its own.

Also includes everything you need to play Arena Commander today.

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News Comments > Elite Dangerous VR Specs
16. Re: Elite Dangerous VR Specs Dec 5, 2015, 17:06 CJ_Parker
Slick wrote on Dec 5, 2015, 14:49:
couple things:

Going from 28nm to 14nm isn't going to mean an 80-90% jump in performance in 2016. The process is only responsible for thermals.

Not really. Straight from TSMC:

TSMC's 16FF+ (FinFET Plus) technology can provide above 65 percent higher speed, around 2 times the density, or 70 percent less power than its 28HPM technology.

28nm lasted 4 years, I don't see why 14nm would be any shorter.

Ummm... au contraire, mon ami. No one else but you sees why the 28nm phenomenon should repeat. You do realize that 28nm was a very unique thing, right?
TSMC was ready to switch to 20nm in 2013 but then it turned out (as expected by other parties like IBM) that a 20nm bulk process on planar silicon was not economically viable for a high powered node.
They needed to go FinFET+ but FinFET+ was not going to be available until the shrink to 16nm. That's why they were forced to hang on to 28nm for so long.

Four years. This basically has no precedence. There is absolutely no reason (except TSMC fucking up again) why this should ever repeat again and 10nm is actually already on the horizon for volume production in 2018. nVidia Pascal will be 16nm in 2016 and nVidia Volta might very well be a 10nm part in 2018.
Going forward, things will go back to "normal" where we will be getting new nodes in two to three years intervals. Another four year stagnation is extremely unlikely now that we have made the switch from planar silicon bulk crap to FinFET+.

We're getting close to the end of the shrinkage race. I think Intel figures they can pull off 7nm by 2018-2019, but that's far from certain.

CPUs don't equal GPUs, Intel does not equal TSMC and the numbers attached to the process nodes at all of the chip makers actually have very little to do with the real nanometers or the real size of the structures on the chips. Process naming is and has been for quite a while a reference to the shrink factor of the new node compared to its predecessor.
TSMC like Intel is confident they can pull off 7nm and I'm sure they will keep trucking as new material enter the fray (i.e. graphene most likely).
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News Comments > Saturday Previews
2. Re: Saturday Previews Dec 5, 2015, 14:09 CJ_Parker
Yep. You hit the nail on the head there. Their focus lies strongly on marketing and making all the mouthbreathers drool so they pledge more.

Worry about making it all work together or with any significant number of people per instance later... or never. CIG's focus is omg-so-exciting reveals and demos for live fan events/streams and trade shows.

They spit&glue every release and then have to go back and rework the entire framework every time they are adding the next module on top of the existing crap instead of doing the entire framework (MMO codebase/instancing etc.) first and carefully adding systems with that foundation in mind.

Further delays (hefty ones) are pretty much pre-programmed and guaranteed to happen thanks to their MO.
But hey according to Chief Clown C. Roberts we're getting the FULL PU with 100+ star systems and all gameplay systems working and functioning in approximately 12 months. I mean how could he be wrong?
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News Comments > Delete Steam Games
27. Re: Delete Steam Games Dec 5, 2015, 03:44 CJ_Parker
Rilcon wrote on Dec 4, 2015, 20:37:
Wait, why?

The only "use" I can see in this is in severely fucking people over that didn't log off their account somewhere another could access it. I'm hoping there's some sort of verification email or something to go along with something like this?

Reasons as far as I can see:

- Lazy ass developers like Obsidian who obviously could not be bothered to ever remove the "Pillars of Eternity - Public Beta" entry. This has been bothering me a for a while and I hid it but deleting it is even nicer, of course.

- 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 games like Darksiders 2, Divinity Original Sin, Deus Ex Human Revolution or Metro 2033/Last Light which have been made obsolete by Deathinitive, Enhanced, Director's Cut or Redux versions (if you purchased the upgraded ones, of course).
Kinda sad that it is obviously too much to ask from these devs/publishers to make it so you can choose to replace the original entry or port your achievements (the unchanged ones) over to the new entry.

- 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.

So as you can see quite a few good and valid reasons for people to use this feature to manage their libraries, though it would be even better, of course, if devs/publishers and Valve/Steam would manage their games better and allow people more options with regards to potentially redundant library entries when a new version of a game becomes available. You know, like, check against the old version in the library, and if it's there, offer people some options like merging, upgrading, deletion, hiding etc.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Trailer; Arena Commander Free Demo
38. Re: Star Citizen Trailer; Arena Commander Free Demo Dec 4, 2015, 18:22 CJ_Parker
Kajetan wrote on Dec 4, 2015, 17:51:
The more we see and actually can play from and with SC, the more pathetic and outright stupid Parker & Cutter sound. Hey, but whatever floats their boat

You do realize, of course, that I have a day 1 Star Citizen account, have access to every single module and that I originally pledged north of $1K for this game way back in the early days, right? [ sold some LTI packages for phat profit$ in the meantime so my actual investment is much lower now ]

And where did I claim it's vaporware? I never claimed any of that. That's Cutter's record.
The only thing I claim is that their flashy trailers have never materialized as actual playable content which is 100% fact and truth.

They are a very far cry from delivering what they actually promised even if the stuff in the trailers looks "impressive"... as someone else mentioned it looks mostly impressive because it's been edited like mad.

I also don't think that floating from point A to point B is "impressive", sorry. You switch the gravity variable in CryEngine to zero and wow... crappy floaty gameplay like your mouse just broke.
Or how is floating from ship to ship impressive? It isn't. A game like Just Cause 2 has allowed players for years to grapple onto a flying helicopter, shoot the pilot and get in the pilot seat.

As I said, wake me up if and when they got all this crap working in a real persistent universe MMO environment with several dozen players going about their business at the same time. Then we can talk being impressed. As it stands this is just more marketing fluff and flashy bullshit aimed at making people ooooohhh and aaaaahhh.
Well, I guess it worked for some people here so mission accomplished for CIG. More money from gullible people who will preorder based on pretty graphics just like Battlefront for example.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Trailer; Arena Commander Free Demo
32. Re: Star Citizen Trailer; Arena Commander Free Demo Dec 4, 2015, 17:05 CJ_Parker
Maniac wrote on Dec 4, 2015, 13:35:
... even if it would have been then no way would it have been possible to get a game of this calibre out in 3 years. Yes 3 and not 5, you know it as well as the rest of us, but I gotta give you that, a mediocre attempt at trolling.

Oh really? You do realize that you are accusing Christ Roberts Himself of "mediocre trolling" then, right?
Because it was Christ Roberts Himself the Almighty who blurted out these completely unrealistic dates in the first place.
He hung on to the end of 2014 timeframe for ages (basically until it flew by). He only recently (through the CitizenCon presentation) admitted that Squadron 42 would not be out by the end of 2015 but that it would now be out in 2016.
And only a few weeks ago, in August, He claimed that the FULL persistent universe will be out at the end of 2016 (full PU = 100+ star systems, all gameplay systems).

So what exactly are you accusing people of? Of believing in what Christ Roberts said? Isn't He this super experienced infallible uber God developer in the eyes of you fanbois? So how can Christ Roberts Himself be so wrong with the timeframes? Why didn't your precious Christ Roberts know it would take five years, not three?

You see? The unrealistic expectations were created by Christ Roberts Himself and NOT by the fans. Do not try to turn this around unless you want to make yourself look like a brainwashed cult zombie. The only person responsible for the unrealistic expectations is Christ Roberts and no one else.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Trailer; Arena Commander Free Demo
30. Re: Star Citizen Trailer; Arena Commander Free Demo Dec 4, 2015, 16:44 CJ_Parker
And yet another flashy trailer showing stuff that will never be playable in this form just like all the other flashy trailers before it that also showed stuff that never made it to a playable format.


Wake me up when they got this shit working in the advertised MMO environment with several ships engaged in combat in the vicinity while you engage players on the station in FPS. You know... the real game with at least 50 to 100 players per instance as advertised.
And with real animations and not this travesty. And running stable with acceptable performance on a high end rig. Then we're talking...

Until then they can shove every single one of their deceptive trailers up their fraudulent assholes. Including this one.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
15. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 2, 2015, 22:31 CJ_Parker
@SMA: OK, fair enough. There are some good points in favor of Win 10 in a professional, corporate environment but no real "killer argument" as far as I can tell, especially not for home use (remember we're on a gaming site here Wink ).

Personally, for me, the user experience has simply not been very convincing. I have only upgraded my laptop and none of my desktops to Win 10 so far and I use the laptop rarely.
I upgraded in September (no clean install but no straight upgrade either... I used that reset option which is supposed to pretty much equal a clean install) and did not turn it on since then.

So I booted it up today to install that big Win 10 November update. First, this took several hours (usual MS crap where the update hangs at 0% for half an hour before even starting!), and secondly produced a couple error messages that simply sucked ass... like the drivers for my HP AiO printer could not be installed, unknown error, try again later. Ummm. OK. Very helpful.

Next I installed the latest nVidia drivers and contrary to my desktop it forced me to reboot (I never have to reboot on Win 7 even with a clean install). Reboot and.... !!!bingo!!!... error message from Win 10 that the installation could not be completed because new hardware detection was in process (dafuq?). Had to reboot again and then could finally access the nVidia control panel. Final score: Win 7 zero reboots, Win 10 two reboots.

Then by accident I noticed that the November update had also re-enabled hibernation against my will so I had to manually disable it again to get rid of the hiberfil.sys bloat crap.

And then when all updates FINALLY had completed, I was so fed up with all this shit that I decided to shut down Windows 10... BUT NOT SO FAST!
Instead of shutting down, Win 10 hung on the shutdown screen saying something like "updating Win 10 settings, do not turn off your computer" for about an hour before I closed the lid and called it a day.

I don't know about anyone else here but that's what I call a seriously underwhelming user experience.
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News Comments > Jade Empire Free on Origin
11. Re: Jade Empire Free on Origin Dec 2, 2015, 20:44 CJ_Parker
Dude, people who "accidentally delete saves"?? Seriously... someone please set them straight and tell them the cold, harsh truth that they need to sell the PC and buy an iPad instead so they can stop doing extremely dumb shit "accidentally" (well, or at least as far as the moron-proofness of the iPad goes).  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 2, 2015, 20:33 CJ_Parker
Windows 7 --> Windows 10 = downgrade, not upgrade. The only thing that Win 10 has going for it compared to Win 7 is DirectX 12. In everything else it is worse, buggier and shittier.  
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News Comments > Winter Sale
20. Re: Winter Sale Dec 2, 2015, 15:16 CJ_Parker
Cutter wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 12:44:
And yeah, if you haven't got Witcher 3 yet - you're nuts - you can wait until the next expansion drops in February. That's what I'm waiting for before commencing a new playthrough.

OK, I'm nuts but what else is new!

The deals have been more or less tempting but I'll still be waiting until both expansions are out and the nice and shiny Enhanced Edition bundle before taking the plunge. Special games deserve to be played in their ultimate, definitive, final version.

As for the GOG sale I haven't bought anything on GOG in quite some time but the X-Wing bundle was ripe for the picking this time around, although I wish they would have sold the individual games for the prices inside that bundle because I didn't really need/want them all.
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
22. Re: New GeForce Drivers Dec 2, 2015, 04:54 CJ_Parker
InBlack wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 02:35:
What if I primarily want to play something older? Then I can go suck a dick right? Because with every single "game ready" driver Nvidia has released, my performance dropped or I've had other problems in older/other titles.

Well, I can't say the same has happened to me. There is the rare occasion where an older game will break because of a new driver but whether this is directly related to the "game ready" optimizations for the featured game? I don't know... it usually should not be directly related because those optimizations are usually very specific but as always in tech: Never say never!

My personal experience is that nVidia is usually pretty good at addressing any issues. For example, a while back one of their new drivers broke Doom 3 to the point of it being unplayable due to graphical glitches.
They acknowledged the issue and fixed it within just a few weeks (the drivers came out much less regularly then).

I know it's all anecdotal but I really can't complain and I play quite a few games that are older, like, from the early 2000s. For the really old stuff (pre-Y2K) you will in many cases need fan patches anyway to get them to work properly.

It's one of the reasons why I have stuck with nVidia. Their backwards compatibility seems to be much better than their competitor's.
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News Comments > Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Released
12. Re: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Released Dec 2, 2015, 00:52 CJ_Parker
yuastnav wrote on Dec 1, 2015, 21:20:
CJ_Parker wrote on Dec 1, 2015, 16:02:
yuastnav wrote on Dec 1, 2015, 11:23:
So how does this compare to Rogue Spear and Raven Shield?

This was a joke question, right?

I just want a modern version of Rogue Spear.

Same here. Best game in the series by far.
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