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News Comments > Scalebound Cancelled
11. Re: Scalebound Cancelled Jan 10, 2017, 06:51 NewMaxx
 
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...wait, what game is this again?

(damn, rawbelly beat me to it!)
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
6. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Jan 9, 2017, 16:52 NewMaxx
 
The only surprise on PC here is Farming Simulator 17. There's always a lull this time of year; the big game releases are usually at the edges of Q1/Q2 and Q3/Q4.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 9, 2017, 13:25 NewMaxx
 
I also suggest checking out Quad Boot for the Pi 3. I devoted a 32GB microSD card to it. As for why you'd need a quad boot, consider: Kodi is excellent for online streaming and custom needs, RasPlex works natively with a Plex Media Server, RetroPIE is of course all about emulation, and Raspbian lets you run an actual OS on the device. Haven't had much trouble getting it to work with my controllers, remotes, etc., and you can reboot and do processes over SSH (Putty/WinSCP) as well. Not a bad set-up for the cost. It's worth spending a bit more on a case, heatsink, and good charger.

I do caution against using the Pi 3 as a server (e.g., Plex Media Server) as I've killed two microSD cards in about a year trying to use it in that fashion. Too much I/O for the OS, it simply doesn't handle cheap flash memory that well. I would also caution against expecting too much out of the memory on this thing, it's pretty easy to exceed 1GB in Kodi/RasPlex if you leave it on all the time (I suggest rebooting periodically).
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 8, 2017, 17:15 NewMaxx
 
Linksil wrote on Jan 8, 2017, 13:33:
Not just banning cheaters, but a lot of people that think they're "leet" and buy second/third accounts to pown newbies at lower ranks.

Ah yes, the infamous "smurf" accounts. One of the reasons I have mostly stopped playing BF1 is that those rank 100 guys that kept killing me turned magically into rank <20 guys who somehow had an identical skill level...
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Nerfs Detailed
11. Re: Overwatch Nerfs Detailed Jan 6, 2017, 15:37 NewMaxx
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 14:42:
When I face a top player once in a session in BF1/Bf4 then I can learn, and I hugely enjoy the challenge every once in a while, when I face them ALL THE TIME, then it is absolutely no fun whatsoever. in Battlefield I have the option to change servers, in Overwatch I am getting pwned and forced into matches I don't want to play by the match making. No matter what.

Yeah, that definitely sounds frustrating and is one of the reasons I got "out of the game" (not Overwatch, just that sort of thing in general). World of Tanks was, at least when I played, notorious for this shit, for example. Of course that was before XVM (I got out as soon as I saw mods headed that way). Some games don't have the population to really manage matchmaking (e.g. AW, MWO) but the ones that do - it's just inexcusable. People resist skill-based match-making because they have to carry all the time or some shit, well IMHO that's still better than this streak nonsense. Every time I get the urge to try Overwatch I just see that issue and move on.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 6, 2017, 08:33 NewMaxx
 
The amount of incompetence all around is staggering and yet unsurprising, given that so many hires during this administration were for ideological reasons with the goal of loyalty rather than recruiting for ability.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 5, 2017, 14:28 NewMaxx
 
I got a NVIDIA Shield TV for $150 back over Black Friday 2015, looks like this is pretty much the same thing. The controller has been redesigned but otherwise...maybe some subtle hardware differences? Also comes with the remote (I got that for free during the special, though). I do want to say it was a fantastic purchase. Really decent machine.

*edit* reading up more, it has HDR support and a faster chip in comparison to the previous model

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News Comments > GeForce Now Streaming Announced
22. Re: GeForce Now Streaming Announced Jan 5, 2017, 12:09 NewMaxx
 
chickenboo wrote on Jan 5, 2017, 11:40:
Scary stuff, really.

It's a paradigm that's been around a long time. Older people here might remember the age of "dumb terminals" which is in many ways what cloud computing is "innovating." While it seems like a control issue it's actually more about efficiency.

It's self-defeating, though. If fiber optics truly became ubiquitous you'd be better off geo-caching things like YouTube videos and spreading the load over all the user devices rather than relying on a server farm. That form of distribution is also not new and in a way it takes over control while simultaneously assuring anonymity. Of course, that's one reason IPv6 was devised, which again makes individual devices very identifiable.

I guess to cut this short and get my point across - all of these conflicts are ever-evolving and nothing really new. The real issue is the Apple versus Google paradigm (and they are two sides of the same coin, really) whereby a closed approach, while more efficient, has a greater prospect of being "scary" while open source tends to create vulnerabilities and makes it more difficult to track unsavory elements. Again, nothing new, just an evolution of the old.

The only thing that matters here is that some people have one more option to fulfill their gaming needs...which really on a site like this is only a good thing.
 
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News Comments > GeForce Now Streaming Announced
6. Re: GeForce Now Streaming Announced Jan 5, 2017, 11:02 NewMaxx
 
It's pretty cool stuff. I've posted before on here about my experiences with OnLive so I tend to be pretty optimistic about this technology...once the infrastructure is in place (including consumer broadband).

I foresee this being pretty popular with games like...well, World of Tanks and Warframe, as mentioned in the press release, but also MOBAs and console ports. People often question the latency issue but when you're dealing with people who play at 30 FPS (or even the "cinematic" 24 FPS) and with game pads you're not exactly trying to attract the highest order of gamer. Obviously the GTX 1080 will allow for higher FPS than that, my point is merely that they're not targeting people with high expectations.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Roadhog Nerfs Incoming
5. Re: Overwatch Roadhog Nerfs Incoming Jan 4, 2017, 17:59 NewMaxx
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 14:59:
I think part of the problem with their balance is so much of it is done to balance at the higher rank of competitive

I don't play Overwatch and never will, but this is true of most multiplayer games, it's just more evident today especially with popular games. One reason is you have YouTubers with a lot of clout who influence design decisions, and in particular you have an elite core of players who run statistics that really strive for "balance." I put that in quotation marks because ultimately it's about pushing their own meta to stay on top in a pyramid scheme type of organization; they teach their million viewers to play their way, but the average person will never break even because that elite core stays on top of the meta - because they're the ones advocating the changes.

The reason I know this is because I used to be part of that top 1% and I just take every opportunity I can to say...don't assume your favorite YouTuber has your best interest in mind even if he or she seems generous, the majority have their own agenda, especially as their income is derived from staying on top. Don't get me wrong there are many who have a real passion for the game but for every one of those you have a dozen opportunists.

As far as balancing around the middle-skill point: I agree. I think fun should always come first, even before balance. Forcing symmetric play is predictable and boring. I get that a lot of people feel that's the most "fair" but it's stifling innovative play in a time where we have more gamers than ever before. Blizzard is known for making "tight" games at the competitive level (versus something like, say, Battlefield 1) so I can forgive that here to some extent but in general this happens too much with multiplayer gaming. Players create the issues, sure, but it's money that perpetuates it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 2, 2017, 19:19 NewMaxx
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 2, 2017, 13:42:
Still don't get why AMD is so hung up on HBM2... considering no benchmark showed any benefit of it.

Memory bandwidth is king in the multi-processor world. To give you an example, most CPUs have not been memory bandwidth-bound for quite some time, and going single- to dual-channel provides maybe 10-15% instead of a 100% gain. Yet, when I test DDR4 on my 6700K (4/8) versus DDR3 on my 2500K (4/4), I see that memory bandwidth has become more important than latency (on the DDR4) and that up to at least 2666/2800 I'm seeing it worthwhile for an overclocked 4/8 chip. Not all workloads, though.

Why am I explaining all this? Because GPUs are highly multi-threaded and bandwidth/speed has trumped latency for a long, long time in the video world. My CPU is still happy with dual-channel, relatively low speed DDR4, but if I jump up to a 8/16 chip I find many cases where quad-channel is interesting. Likewise, pushing a ton of cores (stream processors) on a GPU means you want to keep it fed to maximize multi-thread efficiency. It's just a question of trade-offs here.

All that being said, I think HBM2 has been and remains a boondoggle as in most cases there are simply easier ways to get the most out of your memory bandwidth. While in the desktop CPU world we often struggle to get the most out of 6+ threads, GPU workloads are designed entirely around multi-threading which means they are quite efficient at that task (more specialized), compression et al. Brute-forcing bit-width to boost memory bandwidth is reminiscent of how speed trumps latency but you need a bottleneck, first!

It's more complicated than all that, of course. Raw speed is not the same as having more bit-width (HBM) and certain workloads will very much benefit from HBM in a way that can't currently be reproduced. Is gaming one of those ways? Yes and no - I think VR has the potential to make use of it (multi-perspective computing), years and years off, but real benefits are still outside the consumer sector, IMHO. AMD's tech here is more likely to be valuable as IP than say capable of producing a GTX 1080 killer. We just don't need it yet.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
15. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 1, 2017, 12:26 NewMaxx
 
Slick wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 20:57:
"you got woke" is on the rise, you've all been warned.

damn, you woke af
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
5. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 1, 2017, 01:30 NewMaxx
 
Self-driving car? The guy that designed it must be wicked smaht.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Dec 31, 2016, 23:59 NewMaxx
 
I've had the honor of reading Hannah Arendt, especially her On Revolution where she talks about how wannabe revolutionaries and revisionists are more preoccupied with turning things on their heads than they are with discovering the truth. I've also read Francis Fukuyama, who states that minority special interests are ruining the government in the U.S. by creating a "vetocracy." Lastly, I've seen how journalism has degraded in recent years with first the gaming industry and now in real life, and how somehow disagreeing with a narrative is ignorant and hateful.

We've gone from Russian villains to Russian heroes back to Russian villains again. Meanwhile, we're giving money to both Iran and Saudi Arabia as they're fighting a proxy war. We have groups like BLM funded by rich foreigners, we have massively corrupt political machines, and we have Elon Musk telling us to invoke socialism for the working class. Lastly, we have shills on social media, "fake news," and SJWs that vocally abuse and boycott people just because they voted for the President-Elect.

Through all of that if someone finds the time to complain about gender issues with Super Mario Run, I think it's time to take a step back and realize just how ridiculous things have gotten. I can't even enjoy a small Nintendo game on my phone without people calling me a hater. How exactly is hate against a hater, when in fact that person isn't a hater anyway, not complete hypocrisy? I guess because they know better and I should either accept it or die - must be nice living in that superior bubble.
 
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News Comments > Steam Award Winners
22. Re: Steam Award Winners Dec 31, 2016, 23:45 NewMaxx
 
Here's my way of thinking:

"Villain Most In Need Of A Hug" - really, I could argue for either Far Cry 4 (do the secret ending) or Borderlands (Jack was originally trying to be a hero - as we see in The Pre-Sequel) over Portal 2.
"Test of Time" - I don't consider Skyrim old enough to really qualify for this award; something like Deus Ex deserves a nomination and a win FAR more.
"Just 5 More Minutes" - anything but CS, holy hell. I chose Fallout 4 since Civ VI is still too new.
"Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!" - Eh, plenty of games I'd put here before GTA V.
"Game Within A Game" - GTA V winning is fine, but Gwent actually is becoming its own game, so...
"I'm Not Crying, There's Something In My Eye" - plenty of solid choices for this one. I could go with either TWD (Season 1 especially) or Life is Strange.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 28, 2016, 18:50 NewMaxx
 
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 17:51:
The funny thing is, if you are a gamer, the cpu is not nearly as important as the graphics card. Used to have my system over clocked until I realized that there was no difference when running games. Anyways the overclocked cpu only lasted a year and a half. My current cpu is 4 years+ and going strong.

The newer Intel cpus really don't offer enough performance difference to buy a new one, especially since it will include a new motherboard and memory. While I have upgraded the graphics card 3 times during that period.

Depends on the GPU and the game. With a GTX 1080 I've seen gains for minimum and average FPS of up to 50% going from a 2500K to 6700K - both overclocked to 4.5 GHz. The IPC gains are only in the ~20% range between those two, but the HT actually helps a lot in games like Battlefield 1.

For a more modern example, how about a 4690 vs. a 6700 (both still at 4.5 GHz) in Watch Dogs 2 with a GTX 1080? You go from 45/56.2 (min/avg) FPS to 65/73.4. If a gain of 30.6% on average FPS is "no difference" to you - and keep in mind going from a 2500K would add a bunch more - then I don't know what to tell you.

My 2500K was definitely holding me back in modern games - The Witcher 3, GTA V, BF1, WD2, etc. Now, a highly overclocked 2600K is still viable especially with a lesser GPU and DX12 will eek out more performance from weak CPUs, but any serious gamer (like myself) can definitely benefit even from just the 20% IPC gains. Every frame matters in an era of VR and G-Sync/FreeSync.

Games can currently utilize up to 6 threads and 4 cores, although more than that brings little to no benefit (using the same test in WD2 I mention above, going 4/8 to 8/16 only brings ~10% more avg FPS). So I don't anticipate great gaming gains from, say, the 8/16 Zen, but anybody on an old chip shouldn't assume they're okay with modern games.

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
8. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 25, 2016, 23:08 NewMaxx
 
VaranDragon wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 15:21:
Warhammer End Times Vermintide is still at -66%. I'm really digging the game, probably the best buy I've made on Steam so far. Im enjoying this more than L4D, even though it lacks a Versus mode. Best part, you don't need to buy any of the DLC maps to play on them the DLC is only required if you want to host the games on those maps.

I had a key for both RB6 and Vermintide and couldn't move it for $12.50 (I just gave it away), too many scamsters out there to reliably resell, I guess.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Hotfix Drivers
7. Re: NVIDIA Hotfix Drivers Dec 24, 2016, 00:37 NewMaxx
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 24, 2016, 00:33:
Redmask wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 14:57:
375MB, jesus game driver packages are getting pretty huge.

Not to mention that if you update regularly you have a few GB of unused old nvidia unpacked setups, on your system drive no less, each weighting a lofty 1gb... talk about wasting precious SSD space. And yes, 375 and 376 weigh unpacked 1gb! And the stupid setup does not delete the old driver folders. Meaning you will have quite a few of em here
C:\NVIDIA\DisplayDriver

Also check for installer2.

Hint: use the program Everything
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
23. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 22, 2016, 19:09 NewMaxx
 
Marx predicted a future where the average person would no longer have to labor and instead would spend his or her time in politics and working for the interests of mankind. In that, perhaps, he was correct, but the concept of a UBI is a pipedream and dangerous to boot. While it's true people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are pushing for UBI (why anybody would assume a barely-functioning physics theorist would know anything about economics is beyond me), I feel they are reaching beyond their fields. Musk certainly is known for "out there" ideas while pushing the boundaries of engineering, but he's being short-sighted on economics.

Consider out-sourcing and especially cloud computing today. For pennies the average person can lease some time on supercomputers and do a startling array of calculations. The amount of power at our fingertips is astonishing. Now, imagine everybody is capable of making fluid designs on their phones with the ability to 3D print great numbers of these, also for pennies. Conceive of everyone being an entrepreneur, a la the artisan revolution that is happening in many industries. Picture it along Marx's lines as mentioned above - everybody can use their unique talents and viewpoints to provide superior products and ideas for all of mankind.

The problem with UBI is that it's the lowest common denominator of solutions. It requires absolutely no thought while being ridiculously prone to abuse. We've seen this throughout the entire history of social welfare dating back to Victorian times. The whole concept is applying a centuries-old paradigm to a very modern problem. Yes, Marx and industrialists predicted this over a hundred years ago, but they conceived of it as factories and laboring robots; they didn't anticipate computing or social media and their conception of globalism was limited, particularly with regard to cultural clashes.

UBI has become a huge concept all of a sudden for a variety of reasons that may go unnoticed. One, it's being pushed because Democrats lost the working vote and they hope it offers them a way forward. Two, migrations created by post-colonial states are putting stress on Europe's economies. Three, China's middle class is burgeoning and cheap labor along with the need for clean manufacturing implies a move away from human labor. Lastly, the move towards renewable energies will impact the raw materials industry massively. In short - UBI is coming from the elites and is certainly not designed to benefit the working class; the real solution must be bottom-up, not top-down.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 21, 2016, 13:49 NewMaxx
 
Good god, if this is what passes as the "world's #1 twitch streamer" I think Trump is the least of our worries.  
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