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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
12. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 16, 2017, 12:07 Flatline
 
Cmdr Shepard's Pie wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 11:35:
WaltC wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 11:29:
I think the actual translation here is that really, really old cpus (probably ten years old or older) won't be updated by Microsoft any further in Win10 and from now on. The older cpus lack the necessary hardware for security enforcement (NX bit, etc.) People are always misunderstanding technology in some way, it seems. It won't be too long before even 32-bit CPUs are no longer supported. Progress marches on, etc.

I think maybe you've got it backwards. It would make some sense if they said "Windows 10 won't run on older CPUs because the newer ones have features we need." (SSE, NX, 64-bit, etc.) What they are saying though, is that Microsoft will discourage you to install, and won't support running older versions of Windows (like 7) on new CPUs, which makes no sense at all, especially as they continue to allow and support Windows 7 for older processors (prior to SkyLake). (Other than to make sure people don't stay on Windows 7, and upgrade to their new DRM/advertising platform.)

I realize 7 is old, but it's still the most popular OS, and many people don't want to change their OS with a hardware upgrade. We never really had to do that before (except Microsoft limited DirectX 10 to Vista+, and 12 with 10+, neither of which really provided much benefit over their respective predecessors), but now Microsoft is forcing an upgrade by limiting the functionality and support for the OS itself, even before the OS loses official support in general.

Can confirm. Recently bought a lenovo laptop that had an I3 processor in it based on the new architecture. No drivers for any OS except Windows 10.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
28. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 15, 2017, 16:42 Flatline
 
Task wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 16:08:
Jeez. Just started reading RPS piece for Andromeda and the first few paragraphs are about how terrible the writing and characters are. Kotaku's first impression doesn't mention it for some reason, but it's Patricia - she seems more like a lot of gamers that are into really simpleton stuff.

I was afraid of this - what happened to you Bioware? I had planned on a day one purchase, not so sure now. I had purposely avoided watching all the trailers and vids to avoid spoilers too.

I loved me some Mass Effect, but ME: Andromeda seemed like a game I didn't particularly want let alone need.

Maybe it's because my taste for the universe was spoiled by the ME3 end-o-tron phone in they did. It made like 80 hours of effort feel cheap, and I'm not eager to jump into *any* new bioware effort after that.
 
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News Comments > Space Hulk: Deathwing Adds Content
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 15, 2017, 11:57 Flatline
 
Is it worth buying now?  
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News Comments > Starbreeze Investing in System Shock 3
20. Re: Starbreeze Investing in System Shock 3 Mar 15, 2017, 11:56 Flatline
 
Alamar wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 10:55:
Qbex . wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 04:34:
Great, SB already botched one of my beloved classic by making that dogshit Syndicate remake. Now they involved in another of my all time favorite. If only this was time of Riddick's Starbreeze I would be over the moon with the news but now I'm expecting the worst. In fact from what I've read all the talent from former SB went to MachineGames.

System Shock was already a shooter, so it can't go the way of a Syndicate remake ; )

Don't challenge them.

PRESS RELEASE: System Shock 3 to be a Freemium farmville-style mobile app.

Build your Space Station. Get taunted by SHODAN. Head to Head Multiplayer competition. Prepare to be SHOCKED. SYSTEM SHOCK. 3.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
18. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 8, 2017, 17:21 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Mar 8, 2017, 16:13:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 8, 2017, 11:31:
There are reasons to complain about Macs and about Apple in particular. But IBMs well documented switch to Macs for enterprise resulting in drastically lower total cost of ownership makes it pretty clear that Macs are a viable enterprise computing device. They cost more up front, but they also require vastly less user and technical support, leading to smaller IT budgets overall.

Please. I have ~ 30 users that use Macs, and they open just as many, if not more, tickets as my Windows users do. Their apps are just as shitty as the Windows apps, but now you have to find another way to fix it.

I've also been trying to unlock two iPads where the users forgot their unlock codes, and literally no solution works. They won't go into recovery mode, they won't go into DFU mode, nothing. No combination of arcane button presses works. (And why can't you just boot into a simple menu where you CHOOSE which mode you want? Oh wait, Steve Jobs hated buttons. Ugh.)

I'm taking them to the Apple store tomorrow in the hopes that they can get something done.

"Ready for the enterprise." Uh-huh.

iOS devices are only ready for the enterprise if you buy expensive 3rd party software to manage them.

I nearly flipped my desk when I read that Apple yanked their windows based profile deployment tool for iOS devices and never replaced it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 8, 2017, 16:47 Flatline
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 8, 2017, 11:31:
There are reasons to complain about Macs and about Apple in particular. But IBMs well documented switch to Macs for enterprise resulting in drastically lower total cost of ownership makes it pretty clear that Macs are a viable enterprise computing device. They cost more up front, but they also require vastly less user and technical support, leading to smaller IT budgets overall.

Working in IT the "vastly less user and technical support" claim is bogus. Apple has not created an idiot proof operating system. They've created a slightly idiot resistant OS. As soon as something goes boom, really digging into mac issues is like pulling teeth.
 
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News Comments > Free Syberia II
6. Re: Free Syberia II Mar 8, 2017, 16:37 Flatline
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 8, 2017, 09:40:
I love these Free on the house deals. Years ago I got Portal for free on Steam, still waiting for Half Life.

HL or HL2? I have a HL2 gift from like 10 years ago.

I have I think the whole company of heroes to gift too. Can't give games away these days.
 
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News Comments > Dawn of War III in April
8. Re: Dawn of War III in April Mar 6, 2017, 21:41 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Mar 6, 2017, 20:49:
Only 3 races, only 4 worlds, and a combination campaign.

Nothing about this screams "GET IT GET IT GET IT!" to me.

There will be an inevitable dark crusade style campaign expansion I bet that will represent the pinnacle of the game's life.

I did go back and play through Company of Heroes and the first two dawn of war games. Man that's some fun. A lot of people didn't like DOW2 but I always had fun with it. I clocked something like 60 hours in it on Steam.
 
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News Comments > Game Developers Choice Awards
21. Re: Game Developers Choice Awards Mar 2, 2017, 22:45 Flatline
 
Rigs wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 20:42:
Flatline wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 12:52:
Glad to see Firewatch catch a few awards. I played it once a year ago, and I keep coming back to it every few months.

I know it's a walking simulator and the story kind of ends on an off note, but something about it really got to me.

Also, going through the director's commentary, you don't notice it, but there is a massive amount of variability going on under the hood.

Between Firewatch and Skyrim, I really, really want a pure exploration/hiking game. Something massive where you can hike, climb peaks, maybe hang glide, spelunk, raft, maybe do some tools to set up orienteering races, topo maps, GPS, etc.. Maybe even some survival woodscrafting if you really wanted to.

In my mind's eye I call the game Range. Modeled after a smoosh of the Sierra Nevadas, the Cascades, and the Appalachians. Maybe include some geography similar to Zion or the Grand Canyon. Make it moddable so you can add terrain modules and share them. Create a central server that you can opt into that over time tracks players who follow tracks and create use trails and use campsites and semi-permanent modifications from frequent use.

Throw in a VR option and some solid screenshot/photography tools and I think you have a complete package.

I don't know how much of a market there'd be for a game like that, but I'd pay for it.

Good news! Your game has already been made and it has a HUGE market! Come join the fun, you've been missing out!

=-Rigs-=

Minecraft scratches a lot of those itches but it isn't quite there. Subnautica actually comes closer but it doesn't quite scratch the itch that wandering through Skyrim or any of the elder scrolls games do.

Firewatch nails it hard but the game area is small enough that it makes me basically just want more.
 
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News Comments > Game Developers Choice Awards
9. Re: Game Developers Choice Awards Mar 2, 2017, 12:52 Flatline
 
Glad to see Firewatch catch a few awards. I played it once a year ago, and I keep coming back to it every few months.

I know it's a walking simulator and the story kind of ends on an off note, but something about it really got to me.

Also, going through the director's commentary, you don't notice it, but there is a massive amount of variability going on under the hood.

Between Firewatch and Skyrim, I really, really want a pure exploration/hiking game. Something massive where you can hike, climb peaks, maybe hang glide, spelunk, raft, maybe do some tools to set up orienteering races, topo maps, GPS, etc.. Maybe even some survival woodscrafting if you really wanted to.

In my mind's eye I call the game Range. Modeled after a smoosh of the Sierra Nevadas, the Cascades, and the Appalachians. Maybe include some geography similar to Zion or the Grand Canyon. Make it moddable so you can add terrain modules and share them. Create a central server that you can opt into that over time tracks players who follow tracks and create use trails and use campsites and semi-permanent modifications from frequent use.

Throw in a VR option and some solid screenshot/photography tools and I think you have a complete package.

I don't know how much of a market there'd be for a game like that, but I'd pay for it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 1, 2017, 15:36 Flatline
 
BobBob wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 13:20:
Flatline wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 13:01:
And probably this is a good thing. Back in the day you could commit someone against their will and basically lock them up and forget about them. There's some real horror stories about husbands doing that to their wives, political and legal retribution, etc...

On the flip side it's harder to get help for someone who doesn't want help. Real nightmare for paranoid schizophrenics who freak out at the idea of getting help.

It went extreme in the wrong direction. How many times has a mass shooter known to have an undiagnosed, untreated or unsupervised mental illness? Approximately 30% of homeless people are mentally ill, trapped in their own mental nightmare and cannot get out because they are too ill, impoverished, depressed, or paranoid to seek treatment. There needs to be some kind of evaluation system to force treatment or supervision on people who are obviously hurting themselves or a potential danger to others.

We can thank Reagan for this. And many believe Trump to be the next Reagan. If true, we are fucked.

However, there is a sliver of hope.

Very true. There probably is a sane middle point that we can reach.

And you're dead right about Reagan. He hosed California's mental health system really good back when he was Governor. I don't know anyone who has a severely mentally ill family member in California that doesn't spit on his name.

Why we haven't fixed the system though I'm not sure.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 1, 2017, 13:01 Flatline
 
Why was Robertson - and lunatics like him - not institutionalized in an insane asylum long ago? I mean, him and his ilk are literally cuckoo bananas. In any rational society in the world they would have been locked up and treated long ago. These people are batshit crazy.&#65279;

Real non-snarky reason?

They never committed any crimes. America did away with forced mental institution committal a long time ago. At best you can be put into a mental health facility for observation for 48 hours, but you must commit yourself to stay longer than that. If you have done something violent you can be observed for longer, but at the end of the day in this country if you don't want to be in a mental health facility you can leave if you are your own ward.

And probably this is a good thing. Back in the day you could commit someone against their will and basically lock them up and forget about them. There's some real horror stories about husbands doing that to their wives, political and legal retribution, etc...

On the flip side it's harder to get help for someone who doesn't want help. Real nightmare for paranoid schizophrenics who freak out at the idea of getting help.

Slightly more snarky answer? There's certain kinds of insanity we not only condone, but encourage. Hoarding is fine if it is wealth or pricey material posessions are your obsession of choice for example.

Under the blanket of Religion you can get away with an awful lot socially in America. Same with Government and Business. Politically and in Business we idolize sociopaths and people who normally would be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. Narcissism is enabled, encouraged and admired on social media.

This is particularly prevalent in America, but you can see it throughout many countries and cultures to varying degrees.
 
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News Comments > Leak Reveals Middle-earth: Shadow of War?
11. Re: Leak Reveals Middle-earth: Shadow of War? Feb 27, 2017, 13:34 Flatline
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 09:43:
Shadow of Mordor was alright. The nemesis system added an interesting mechanic, though if I remember correctly it undesirably made the game harder the more you failed, and easier the more you won.

Agreed. But it was more fun the harder it was. There's a lot of content you don't see if you don't die a bunch.

That's a totally fixable issue though. You just have to adjust the churn and let orcs level up quicker on their own. Bring back killed orc leaders with scars and plates and stuff.

It was fun to have the orc chiefs remember you and talk smack referencing previous defeats.
 
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News Comments > World of Darkness Interactive Fiction
2. Re: World of Darkness Interactive Fiction Feb 16, 2017, 23:20 Flatline
 
"We eat blood"

WITAF? That's some mature storytelling you've got there, Lou.

Look, World of Darkness is dead. No pun intended. It screwed the pooch long and hard with it's reboot, White Wolf got bought out by EVE Online, who then let the license atrophy until one of the old product devs founded Onyx Publishing and kickstarted shovelware (no pun intended) where they basically washed the old books through Print On Demand and some publisher layout updates, and then charged people top dollar for it. They even charged money to *write* for the book, instead of the other way around.

WoD is dead and the time for it's resurrection passed when the Twilight trilogy came and went. If there were any savvy marketers who gave a shit about WoD any more they'd have done a huge relaunch on Twilight's first movie and rode that wave hard with licensed fiction, board games, TTRPGs, etc...

Now.

All of that having been said.

Some of the indie mobile phone games out there are ARG-lite games that replicate social networks, chat programs, google, etc...

World of Darkness has always been about the supernatural world laying underneath our own and conspiracies laying down every alleyway and shit like that.

WoD and these ARG-lite games seem like they'd be made for each other. But that would require creativity, intelligence, and a little bit of a bankroll.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 14, 2017, 11:46 Flatline
 
I'm like 4 months away from paying off my Galaxy s6 on Verizon so this little price war is amusing to me.

Beneficial too. I dropped a gig of data off my old plan and saved 20 bucks a month.

Verizon and T-Mobile can keep fighting it out. I'll be happy to pick up the best deal of the two. Though 55 dollars for more data than I'll generally use is tough to beat.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 8, 2017, 12:04 Flatline
 
Retired wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 10:19:
Revenge-porn site operator Kevin Bollaert sentenced to 18 years.

Kill someone you get 3 years, get out kill another person get 3 more years. Rape someone you get less than 1. Kick a dog you get 20 years.

Something seems off....

In the news today here in the liberal state of MN where everyone deserves 20 chances, molest several children and as long as you plead guilty, all time is adjudicated, so feel free to continue!

NO TIME SERVED!

This revenge porn story is from 2015....
 
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News Comments > Project CARS 2 This Year
5. Re: Project CARS 2 This Year Feb 8, 2017, 12:01 Flatline
 
I was under the impression Project CARS was still in early access or in development. I didn't realize it was a finished product. Huh.

Actually I just realized I was confusing this with Assetto Corsa.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 High-Resolution Textures
29. Re: Fallout 4 High-Resolution Textures Feb 7, 2017, 12:48 Flatline
 
sauron wrote on Feb 7, 2017, 10:27:
Is this the patch that makes the game... Eh, nevermind.

In truth, I picked up FO4 at half price last year and played it through (70 hours), and it was decent but I always felt there was something lacking. Unlike Skyrim, which I played for 150 hours and could not get enough of.

I guess different strokes for different folks...

I picked it up and made it like... 4 hours. I think I'm standing outside the gate of the first big city because that was the point where I ran out of fucks to give.
 
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News Comments > Starbreeze Publishing Psychonauts 2
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 6, 2017, 16:46 Flatline
 
bozu wrote on Feb 6, 2017, 15:54:
Besides the ship date, what problems did you have with the Double Fine Adventure kickstarter? To me, it looked like they greatly increased the scope of the game due to the wild success of the kickstarter.

Didn't they run out of money and were forced to sell the game in 2 halves?
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Series Hiatus?
43. Re: Deus Ex Series Hiatus? Jan 30, 2017, 21:59 Flatline
 
Squirmer wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 17:19:
Agent-Zero wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 11:40:
doesnt really matter.. Cyberpunk 2077 will destroy all memory of Deus Ex, forever replacing it as the de-facto ultimate cyberpunk rpg and relegating DX to the dusty shelves of historical gaming academia
Maybe if your only memory of Deus Ex is "cyberpunk". For me, I'm more interested in its design as an immersive sim, and its legacy (along with Looking Glass's games) is still important and still lives on -- in Dishonored, in System Shock 3, in Ultima Ascendant, more distantly in the Bioshocks, and in indie stuff like Gone Home and Consortium.

I never found the original Deus Ex to be "immersive" or a sim for that matter. It allowed you to approach your goal from different perspectives and had gargantuan levels to accomplish that, but otherwise it was an FPS with minor RPG elements mixed in.

Even for genre, I wouldn't call Deus Ex a cyberpunk game, but more probably a techno-thriller. On the sci-fi side of a Tom Clancy novel. Human Revolution managed to take the genre into some interesting transhuman directions, and that probably is the biggest loss to me: the exploration of transhumanism in RPGs is something sorely lacking. Maybe CP2077 will tackle that. The setting leaves it open for such exploration.
 
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