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Signed On Jun 16, 2007, 02:48
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News Comments > Open Source MAME
3. Re: Open Source MAME May 16, 2015, 14:41 Aero
I bet that's some really interesting code.  
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Sales Disappoint
32. Re: Alien: Isolation Sales Disappoint May 11, 2015, 15:02 Aero
They should take the engine and assets for Alien Isolation and release a co-op action FPS and go with a sort of Space Hulk situation where your team's job, as Colonial Marines is to go in and exterminate the aliens on a ship or station or something. Sort of like a zombie shooter but with aliens instead.

Sell it for $25 with a reasonable number of levels, and they'd have a pretty good game that'd sell well.
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News Comments > Visceral's Han Solo Game?
4. Re: Visceral's Han Solo Game? May 9, 2015, 16:30 Aero
I remember trying a bunch of the Star Wars pulp novels in the 90's and the only ones that were passable were a few of the Han Solo ones, but I don't remember which.

I liked the Zahn books at the time, I but re-read them last year and was really shocked by how awful his prose is. Not a good writer. I loved them when they first came out though, so they must have had something. The ideas and plot and such were okay I guess.
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News Comments > Star Wars: Battlefront to Support Dolby Atmos
12. Re: Star Wars: Battlefront to Support Dolby Atmos May 6, 2015, 14:53 Aero
Yeah, I'm definitely not seeing how this is any different than how things have been done in video games for years. As I understand it, it's been done in software lately and it would be nice to move it back to hardware, but it's not a particularly computationally intensive task, so the price of the equipment seems odd. Of course, I haven't looked into it, and I'm sure it does other interesting things, but they're not selling it with their description.

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News Comments > Starfighter Inc. Kickstarter
10. Re: Starfighter Inc. Kickstarter May 5, 2015, 21:20 Aero
Tom wrote on May 5, 2015, 20:38:
Yep, the world definitely needs more quality SP space sims. More being more than zero. Er, I mean one. There's Squadron 42, right? Geez that had better not suck.

There's that EVE based one they released a preview video for not so long ago. That looked pretty good on the whole.

Also, Strike Suit Zero is decent. Worth a buy on sale.
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News Comments > Project CARS Launch Trailer
6. Re: Project CARS Launch Trailer May 4, 2015, 22:49 Aero
Cutter wrote on May 4, 2015, 21:38:
Please don't tell me this thing is locked to 60fps or less. That would be a real shame. They sure do make effing good trailers however.

On PC, it's whatever. On the consoles, they claim 60fps (but a slightly lower resolution on the Xbone). Personally, I think it's come together a lot over the last few months. Back in October or November I was of the opinion that it was a lost cause, but now it's okay--not great, but okay. IMO, the physics and FFB are at least as good as iRacing's but not up to AC and RF2's standard. It'll be good competition on the console front for sure, though, but the relatively small car selection will hurt it. It's probably not as big a deal with the PC sim racing crowd where having the right variety (which it does) is more important than the right brand names, but I don't think that's so much the case with the console crowd. The lack of Ferraris, Lambos and Corvettes might be a sore point.
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V FOV Mod Bans
58. Re: Grand Theft Auto V FOV Mod Bans Apr 29, 2015, 17:28 Aero
I thought the range of the default FOV slider was reasonable. Though I personally tend to prefer lower FOVs than many other people and have it set toward the low end, at it's highest setting there was very noticeable distortion indicating it was fairly high. I do use a 21:9 monitor, though, which probably made it more obvious.

Does anybody know what the actual numbers are?
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News Comments > Ultima 8 Free on Origin
8. Re: Ultima 8 Free on Origin Apr 29, 2015, 03:30 Aero
I had never played any of the previous ultimate games seriously on my own, and Ultima 8 was my first. My recollection was vague, but I remember thinking it had awesome graphics and seemed pretty cool in general (probably one of my first PC RPGs), but it ran like crap on my PC which was actually fairly decent for the time and crashed a lot so I never made much progress. I think it also took up some ridiculous amount of hard drive space, like 50 megabytes or something which would be roughly the equivalent of a game taking up 200 gigabytes now.

I wouldn't mind Origin hooking us up with the Crusader games for free. I'd like to give those another go, though it's likely one of those games that didn't really age well.
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News Comments > etc.
32. Re: etc. Apr 27, 2015, 00:09 Aero
ASeven wrote on Apr 26, 2015, 16:15:
Aero wrote on Apr 26, 2015, 14:13:
...but the sense of entitlement...

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Ah, of course. In your case, I should have said "god given inalienable right to other people's free labor." My mistake.
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News Comments > etc.
30. Re: etc. Apr 26, 2015, 14:13 Aero
Though there are some greedy people involved for sure, I find it very depressing that people asking to be paid for the work they put into a project are being called "greedy." That is seriously backwards.

The 75% commission is greedy, though. I also see difficulties in actually making it work. The ideal should be the third party addon scene for flight sims like FSX and DCS World. The opposite would be like a smartphone app store.

In short, I don't know that it's being handled well on Valve's end, but the sense of entitlement that colors a lot of the argument is appalling (though I wouldn't agree it's a generational thing at its heart).
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News Comments > etc.
20. Re: etc. Apr 26, 2015, 10:29 Aero
I find lots of the uproar disappointing. Valve could be handling it better, but mostly what I hear (more elsewhere than here) is moaning from people who seem to feel entitled to other's peoples work. If modders want to give away stuff for free, that's great, if they want to sell their work, that's great too.

Steam isn't handling it especially well right now it seems, and there are a lot of potential pitfalls, but I think it's hopefully the start to something awesome. It's looking more like an app store right now rather than the payware FSX mod scene, but hopefully that will come.
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News Comments > IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Patch; Steam Transfers
3. Re: IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Patch; Steam Transfers Apr 24, 2015, 16:15 Aero
Yeah, the reason I was willing to pay $100 to begin with was because I've come to understand that because hardcore flight sims are a niche, it's not necessarily unreasonable to pay a premium price to support the development. But then came the unlocks (which as I understand things, can be worked around now), locking the graphics options down to high,med,low (in the alpha you could change all the settings you'd expect), rushed and inconsequential SP "campaign," and poor if non-existent support for third party mods and campaigns. Also, the developers can be self righteous pricks.

Don't get me wrong, there's lots of good stuff in there and good potential that it may well one day be the sim it should have been, but that's a long ways off.

I just can't recommend it at the price they're asking. If you want a more casual experience, Warthunder has you covered. If you want a more serious experience, COD+TFmod has you covered. There is no benchmark WW2 sim at the moment, but I have trouble seeing BOS ever stepping up to that role. Despite its setbacks on the WW2 front, it may be DCS World that ultimately provides that, but that is surely a long ways off.
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News Comments > IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Patch; Steam Transfers
1. Re: IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Patch; Steam Transfers Apr 24, 2015, 13:28 Aero
Meh. BOS isn't as bad as a lot of people would make it out to be, but I definitely couldn't bring myself to recommend it to anyone at the price point they are asking. I think I paid about $100 for the alpha way back when it seemed like it was going to, at worst, be ROF with WW2 aircraft (which is all I wanted and would have been brilliant), but gradually it became clear they were going for the more casual audience (but in a maddeningly superficial way), making the price sort of insulting. It does do some things quite well, but it gets as many things wrong as it does right and they're typically of the infuriating 'why would you design it that way?!?' variety.

If they knocked the "deluxe" edition's price from $90 down to $50, and made the regular edition $30, I'd say go for it. It has a few strong points and decent fundamentals, but just as many arbitrary weaknesses and an obstinate and capricious development lead that doesn't at all inspire confidence in the future.

Also, if you don't have a WW2 flight sim and want one, you're much better off buying Cliffs of Dover for $5 or whatever it is now and applying the Team Fusion patches (with another big one coming in any day now). That has its own problems (mainly AI), but is hands down the superior product compared to BOS as it stands.
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Powerplay Update Next Month
17. Re: Elite: Dangerous Powerplay Update Next Month Apr 24, 2015, 13:13 Aero
IMO, you don't actually want a big chunky flight sim HOTAS to play ED--in particular the sticks, which are designed for the smooth, considered inputs that an aircraft demands. Even though from my flight simming, I own lots of fancy sim gear, ultimately I decided the best control setup was an X-65 throttle and a cheapo Logitech stick. I'd probably recommend a Thrustmaster HOTAS-X ot T16000 to a new user ($50 or so) rather than anything more expensive, and definitely over the Saitek sticks.

All that said, ED is definitely and unfortunately limited in content. I still enjoy it, but I've found it's best enjoyed in limited doses. I go on an ED binge for a few hours a weekend every couple of weeks or so, and that seems to be a good balance. As I've said before, I don't think it will actually be the full Elite experience I want until all of the expansion packs have been released, which is still probably a good two or so years or so in the future.
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Date Announced
3. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Announced Apr 17, 2015, 17:29 Aero
If the SP/coop description implies bots, that's way better than a BF3/BF4 style single player campaign.  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to be Steamy
22. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to be Steamy Apr 10, 2015, 17:42 Aero
Since they've had it working well (for a while), I think Steam has been excellent. You have to remember that online DRM was going in a bad way with Starforce crap, limited activations, locking to machine configurations, constantly phoning home to re-authorize and such. Of course, I don't like any DRM, but Steam isn't all take like things looked to be heading, it uses the online nature to give too. It keeps my game library organized and updated automatically, keeps your save games and data in the cloud, and so on. If I rebuilt and re-installed, I'd just have to install Steam, login, select the games I wanted to install from my list and let it do its thing (even mods for things that support Workshop). It does a relatively good job as a vendor as well.

It's not that I approve of any DRM, especially online DRM, but if it was going to happen, Steam made it happen the way it should happen. It's not that it's the ideal situation for PC gaming, but things could have been so much worse.

ed: Oh, and the only really serious loss is resale. I should be able to transfer my games. If Steam let me sell, give away or lend my games, I'd go so far as to say despite the DRM, Steam is a net benefit. Even if it didn't necessarily facilitate sales, but just let me transfer a game from my library to someone elses's, that would be enough. Of course, that won't happen, but that's the one thing it could and should do with its setup that it doesn't.

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News Comments > EFF vs ESA on DMCA for Abandoned Games
10. Re: EFF vs ESA on DMCA for Abandoned Games Apr 9, 2015, 18:10 Aero
Way back when some folks and I were looking into renting a BF3 server (with considerable distaste), it seemed as though there were a considerable number of providers offering the service. Could be they were nearly all just resellers, but with the apparent proliferation I'm kind of surprised pirate or hacking groups haven't been able to get their hands on the server code. Of course I have no idea how that works, but if it has its own DRM, that could probably be cracked like everything else.

I don't condone that sort of activity normally, but I can't say as I'd feel much sympathy for EA and other companies keeping game servers to themselves for entirely anti-consumer based reasons.
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News Comments > Star Control Reboot FAQ
15. Re: Star Control Reboot FAQ Apr 8, 2015, 18:13 Aero
It's my understanding that Toys for Bob have long expressed an interest in doing a Starcon sequel but because of their other commitments and funding it wasn't likely to happen. Frankly, I'd rather that dim possibility continue to exist than this imitation be made. Starcon 3 was a traumatic event in my video gaming life. I'd hate for that to happen again but at least now I'm more informed.

Frontier wanted to do Elite 4 forever too but similarly couldn't justify it until crowdfunding came along and they made it work. Sure, it's not quite the same situation, but at least there is a small chance.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Apr 6, 2015, 15:30 Aero
I've enjoyed it for what it was even in beta, but I feel that it won't truly be finished until the expansions are done, which is probably a couple years down the road. I'm sure lots of other little features will be added and refinements made during that time as well and it will ultimately be incredible. Right now, I go on an ED binge every couple weeks or so and have lots of fun but tire of it after I've put in another five or six hours. Still, it says a lot that after a two week break when I come back it's as if it's all fresh again. I also think there's a part of me that is consciously not burning myself out on it in anticipation of a deeper experience down the line. That experience has improved a lot since 1.2 with combat being more lucrative. That means you don't have to grind anymore. You can just explore the galaxy getting into trouble, and make enough along the way to easily keep yourself in ammo, repairs and upgrades.  
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News Comments > Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Pricing & Specs
12. Re: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Pricing & Specs Mar 28, 2015, 17:08 Aero
Yeah, looked at that way it is pretty disappointing. If you bought it from Steam, you might try complaining. I don't know if it will get you anywhere, but it's worth a shot.

It always sucks when you buy something then the price drops significantly a few days later.
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