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News Comments > Blizzard on Vanilla WoW Shutdown
56. Re: Blizzard on Vanilla WoW Shutdown Apr 27, 2016, 00:10 NewMaxx
Kxmode wrote on Apr 26, 2016, 23:09:
If you don't mind me asking does "been on the design team for two" refer to Blizzard?

No, never worked for Blizzard. Worked on two MMOs. One was independent (although it may still be going to this day, if that is a clue) and the other was UO. How UO ended up with private shards and everything definitely colors my vision on this specific issue. There really is an opportunity to do something new and great with that and I think Blizzard is one of very few companies that could pull it off, but I don't think there's enough internal push for it to happen; as I said, the right person at the right spot in that company could be just what they need.
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News Comments > Blizzard on Vanilla WoW Shutdown
50. Re: Blizzard on Vanilla WoW Shutdown Apr 26, 2016, 20:36 NewMaxx
This is just my opinion - having played dozens of MMOs including World of Warcraft at launch, and having been on the design team for two - but I see this situation more as an opportunity. It's no mystery that Blizzard has been moving away from World of Warcraft and in fact they have made the (smart) decision to move away from traditional MMOs all-together. Yet they apparently lack the vision to make something great with what they already have.

Someone else commented that they picked THE wrong person to be affiliated with this statement and I couldn't agree more. Blizzard seems to be in a constant flux when it comes to being in touch with their customers. Tying these concepts together I offer the example of Diablo 3, which was turned around largely by listening to the community and removing a certain person on the team. My point being that if you want reform you need turnover.

All that being said I made my feelings about this statement felt on the Reddit thread. As someone who has worked on teams and game development, including the legal elements, I know what they're saying. I just disagree with it because they are approaching it like Microsoft rather than Google; Blizzard is quite capable of making the best of this opportunity and they have a track record of being flexible, but apparently the impetus isn't quite there yet.
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
10. Re: New GeForce Drivers Mar 8, 2016, 02:38 NewMaxx
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 7, 2016, 22:34:

Btw Anyone playing the Division at mightnight, and want to team up my Ubiname is Cpt_Ranger

I managed to get on early with a UK copy + VPN, then the servers went down and my local friends bailed, so I'm out for the night! Might hit you up tomorrow so don't be surprised. Bluesnews guys are always welcome!
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News Comments > Fable Legends Cancelled; Lionhead May Close
21. Re: Fable Legends Cancelled; Lionhead May Close Mar 8, 2016, 02:31 NewMaxx
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 7, 2016, 13:14:
Microsoft competence at its finest.

What? No! But, but...Fable Legends is an example of Async Compute!!11!
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News Comments > Hitman DirectX 12 Support
35. Re: Hitman DirectX 12 Support Mar 8, 2016, 02:20 NewMaxx
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 6, 2016, 17:59:
Fable Legends and most likely more to come)

One down. By all means, keep commenting. Just FYI, Microsoft (the makers of DX12) made that call.

You guys know jack shit about the industry. Stop making blanket statements about things you don't understand. It's embarrassing.
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News Comments > Hitman DirectX 12 Support
29. Re: Hitman DirectX 12 Support Mar 6, 2016, 15:35 NewMaxx
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 5, 2016, 19:40:
I'm inclined to believe that AMD will generally benefit a lot from games that use AC (and Hitman is certainly not a "Mantle showcase").

You do realize that Absolution was a "Gaming Evolved" title, right? The new game is, too. If NVIDIA claimed something like this with a GameWorks title you guys would be jumping all over it within a nanosecond.
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News Comments > The Division Beta Claims Record
19. Re: The Division Beta Claims Record Feb 23, 2016, 04:22 NewMaxx
I'm mostly a single-player and/or PVE guy but I had a lot of fun in both betas, within groups and on my own. Put in a total of 32 hours between the two with the majority of it in the Dark Zone. Had a complete blast. I pre-ordered a regular edition before the first beta, after this one I bumped it up to the gold edition. No question whatsoever. The cheapest right now (official Ubisoft vendors) is Gamesplanet, comes out to $73.45 if you use the forUNCUT deal after transaction (GBP->USD) fees. Box can be had for $79.99 and applicable taxes on Amazon with Prime. May be possible to get it cheaper at places like Best Buy if you're part of a game membership club.

For people who loved the Dark Zone play like Slick, be sure to get the gold edition. It comes with the Survival expansion which makes the entire city a Dark Zone. You can get it via Season Pass later, of course, but you'd miss out on some bonuses in the meantime. Again, like I said, no question! I'm recommending the regular edition for my casual gaming friends but any serious PC gamer is going gold. If I can get 32 hours in two weekends out of a 4-level PVE stint with 90% of the game and features (e.g., crafting) cut off, and enjoy myself with 1/5 of the map and 1/3 of the Dark Zone, I'm pretty sure I'll get my money's worth.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2016, 19:49 NewMaxx
I have the G910. Got it last Black Friday for $90. Couldn't resist the deal even though I already had a G710+. Anyway, experience with both allows me to help a little on the nuances of the Logitech software.

First, you can't really use modifiers in macros, a modifier being like ctrl +, alt+, etc. They work fine in my Microsoft (Sidewinder) macros so it's definitely a Logitech software issue. There are ways around that but generally speaking you can't do it directly. It's annoying as hell.

Second, some of the keys don't light up correctly, at least on the G910. For example, the num lock key requires you to hold down the key to get the light on due to how the profiling works. Also, the "all white" setting isn't white due to the LEDs they use, it's blue-shifted, so exact color representation (RGB) is impossible.

Really, Logitech software is better than it used to be (when Windows 10 first came out, it didn't work at all), but it still needs work. It is really nice if you have a Logitech mouse as well and coordinate them with specific game profiles (I have the G700s). Still, the macros leave a lot to be desired; there's even a text limit, so my attempts to use them for multiplayer events (as in, announcing a phase or something) found it way too limiting.

My advice is to use other software in conjunction with it to make the most of it. Specifically, you will want AutoHotkey. That allows you a way to use the Logitech macros without their inherent limitations if you're clever with programming, although really you should use AHK anyway since it's a life-changer.
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News Comments > Sunday Previews
3. Re: Sunday Previews Jan 31, 2016, 14:11 NewMaxx
The game is actually pretty solid, but the beta is awful. They limit you to just one main mission (main game will have 10+), 2 side missions (30+) and a dozen encounters in the SP portion. In the MP portion, you're limited to just 1/3 of the Dark Zone (with a correspondingly smaller instance population of 24 vs. 64) and zones < level 8 in the SP portion (2 hubs). Your base is limited to just one wing and the vast majority of stuff is cordoned off even for that. You do get some sense of guns, mods, and such, but options for getting them are limited. All in all, this is more of a demo than a beta, a stress test at best. People expecting a real meaty beta are bound to be disappointed. This is more of a marketing move to let people try the game out for a few hours to get a feel for it.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 7, 2016, 05:45 NewMaxx
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 10:08:
All of the leads delivered last year save for Vince Vaughn who was totally miscast.

My biggest problem with the season was that they took a simple story and told it in an incredibly convoluted way.

Absolutely agree on the actors. Vince Vaughn was completely the wrong choice. I actually cringed or laughed at the way some of his (admittedly terrible) lines were delivered. I also agree with you that McAdams rose to the occasion as a nice surprise. Also, for me, forcing in a homosexual story-line like that was It's too generic these days.

I also agree about the story. The first season had a much more traditional horror theme to it, not quite noir, and put a modern spin on it. The major themes weren't particularly new but the way they meshed them together and paced it was just right. Season two played it more safe and they, more damagingly, let their prior success impact the pacing, rather than pretending it was the first season all over again with a new story (which, to be fair, is exactly what is stated in the linked article).
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News Comments > Steam Issues Fixed
32. Re: Steam Issues Fixed Dec 27, 2015, 04:41 NewMaxx
I've worked the industry, too. When something like this happens you pull the plug. You ever hear of the Chernobyl disaster? This level of incompetence is comparable. I've been in that situation. Much smaller scale, sure, but they hire you with the understanding that there is a chain of command and if that breaks down you pull the damn plug. History is full of lieutenants defying their superiors to great effect, but this is more akin to a bunch of chickens running around without their heads. A good employee stands up, takes command, and makes the decision.

I only say this because it is a clear sign that Valve's management style has started to lean a little bit too liberal. When you have a community like that, who takes responsibility? That's exactly why you have clear lines of authority. It's why management styles based around group hugs and improvised pow-wows don't work in a crisis. If this were any other company you'd expect someone to resign by now, right? You'd probably make fun of it - a scapegoat! Yet to not point even one finger is even more ludicrous.

It works on a small scale. It doesn't on a large one. It's why communism and socialism fail beyond the compounds that first tried it in the 19th century. Mankind has evolved to work in groups of up to 100 but we lose traction past that; it requires a different way of thinking. Valve needs to adapt its initially successful approach or it risks being swallowed up by the morass of prior technology upstarts.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 15, 2015, 06:27 NewMaxx
I used Angie's List quite a bit when I moved a few years back. No problem with any of the contractors in terms of quality although I didn't perhaps get the best deal. Still, coming to a new area, I trusted it better than a dart into the yellow pages. That being said the site itself misrepresented some things and I was part of a (successful) class action lawsuit and I stopped using them after that, obviously.  
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online on Steam
1. Re: MechWarrior Online on Steam Dec 10, 2015, 20:50 NewMaxx
Intelligent step for them, I wish the franchise the best, but frankly (as I've stated in other MWO threads on here) I think they kinda botched things through initial poor community relations and later through design decisions that make it seem monetization takes precedence. (and none of the "you can do fine playing free!" and "they exist to make money!" retorts, please; there's a vast amount of gradients when it comes to F2P)  
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News Comments > Chucklefish Forums Breached
8. Re: Chucklefish Forums Breached Dec 10, 2015, 19:11 NewMaxx
Bishi wrote on Dec 10, 2015, 17:54:
It's so amateur

It's absolutely and completely ridiculous. Forums are essentially just database entries, which actually compress incredibly well. It still adds up, don't get me wrong, but it's not like 2TB of videos or something. In this day with all the options available (there really are a dozen or more) it's...inexcusable frankly.
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week
25. Re: Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week Dec 9, 2015, 17:24 NewMaxx
Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 11:27:
If there is one thing I wish Elite had, it was a better tutorial introduction. Have new players run through a three to five mission arc that shows them the basics of the game organically instead of the currently very stilted scenarios.

I agree wholeheartedly. I bought it during the recent $15 sale and I'm a video game veteran, but them just throwing you into the deep end is...ridiculous. I tried to get a refund from Steam but I had spent >2 hours on the tutorials they did have (I like to take my time, not to mention keybinding alone took 30 minutes). Yes, you can do the "demo" for free, like I was even aware of that, but it wouldn't have changed the fact you need 10+ hours to even know what the game is like. Even at 15-20 hours I was just consistently frustrated by nuanced shit that screws you over if you don't know exactly what's going on.

In a way it is more "immersive" as someone else stated and it was fun learning new stuff, but on the whole I have to say they have no chance in hell of maintaining new players with how it is right now. I just found the entire experience to be lacking in what I consider very basic things. I'm sure it remains attractive to a small subset of gamers but there's a ton of potential there and they just seem to "leave money on the table" so to speak. The few friends I did let try the game threw their hands up in utter dismay at the clumsy interface and lack of newbie guidance.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 24, 2015, 20:51 NewMaxx
3.5GB is plenty for a 970, unless you're running SLI. I run two 760s at 2GB and I play at 1080p with great success. AMD cards especially have fantastic memory design with tons of bandwidth and generally more memory. Yet you have the 2GB, 128-bit width GTX 960 which is just a fantastic card. VRAM is massively overrated and always has been. It's all about profit margins.

With modern games like Armored Warfare (CryEngine), I come in at 74% memory usage (again, 2GB) at 1080p with everything at ultra. That's about 1.5GB with cards that manage >970 performance. Generally this means 60 FPS at 60-80% GPU usage which is the sweet spot for me. If my intention was 1440p and 120 FPS/Hz, sure, 3.5GB might be limiting, but that level of performance is beyond a single 970.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 24, 2015, 17:11 NewMaxx
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 24, 2015, 14:31:
Welp, the article proved that more RAM is in fact sometimes detrimental to performance.

I studied memory design in college for my computer engineering degree. Specifically, cache optimization. What you find is that having more cache after a certain point is detrimental to performance. The amount of money Intel has spent on determining the right amount for their CPUs would probably surprise a lot of people. The best example of this concept is the first rendition of WEI, where chips with smaller caches actually performed better because the randomized nature of the test meant that anything that was cached was useless; caching more, and searching through that larger cache, reduced your score.

RAM in a modern operating system is essentially between a HDD (or SSD) and the CPU caches in performance. A typical system has more than enough RAM so you get a lot used as system cache by the OS. This often improves performance for consistent or predictable workflows. I mentioned above that the WEI test scored worse because it was intentionally randomized; the same thing applies here. If a game is coded such that from the system's perspective, every memory request is unique, having more RAM will actually reduce performance. It's not rocket science, it's just poor programming.

Additionally applying these concepts to a multi-threaded scenario means you will have some cores or core threads waiting longer for results because they are unique. This reduces parallel performance and in fact might lead to CPU-limited environments where there shouldn't be such a thing. A good example of that in a modern engine would probably be the CryEngine. Armored Warfare's Object Detail setting is entirely CPU-limited largely because it has redundant calls for objects that are treated as novel. It's a huge trade-off but it illustrates how engine design is geared towards specific (console) devices.

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News Comments > Hideo Kojima's Konami Exit
17. Re: Hideo Kojima's Konami Exit Oct 20, 2015, 06:49 NewMaxx
edaciousx wrote on Oct 19, 2015, 20:58:
They get moved to a position they hate and hope that they will let themselves out, kind of like what happened with Kojima.

Actually a pretty common policy in Japan.
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News Comments > GeForce Experience Users to Get Drivers First?
41. Re: GeForce Experience Users to Get Drivers First? Oct 16, 2015, 17:24 NewMaxx
shihonage wrote on Oct 16, 2015, 16:44:
We live in an age where operating systems become smorgasborgs occupying gigabytes of memory for no reason, where printer drivers are hundreds of megabytes, and where videocard companies push their crapware onto the customer.

Hey NVidia, shadowplay sounds great. How about putting it into your already extensive and feature-rich NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL, you buttholes? No?

Well, fuck you then.

ROFL! Awesome.

It's called memory creep. When memory outpaces software - and keep in mind that in the old glory days of gaming it was the opposite situation - developers get lazy. It's been a huge problem in javascript programming for years now. I'll admit that's a different thing because of how the language works with its dump/heap mechanics, but one could argue the language got popular in response to this situation.

With Windows and proper design, extra memory is used as cache to speed up overall performance by predicting what you'll require. People often decry this as wasting memory, others say it's good. The reality is your CPU already does this with multiple layers of cache. Then it does it again with RAM. The OS is just another layer on top of that which is better aware of your actual usage. A large, and I mean large part of CPU design is based around branch prediction and the best use of cache. Source: designed it before

My point is, memory as we know it - RAM - is so ridiculously cheap for its size and performance relative to software needs that programmers don't even consider it in the vast majority of cases. That being said, you're absolutely correct. It's just that it's no longer a priority to the eggheads.

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News Comments > Star Citizen Employee Article Follow-up
26. Re: Star Citizen Employee Article Follow-up Oct 2, 2015, 13:04 NewMaxx
Couldn't help myself, read some of the anonymous comments. It's ridiculous to me because half of that stuff happens to EVERYBODY who works in programming in the gaming business. Seriously. You're overworked, you're treated like expendable shit, and that's pretty much the way of it. It really sounds like some people got excited and went to work for the company and then realized it isn't a liberal arts painting weekend but 80+ hour grind weeks where you sleep in the office...because that's WHAT IT IS.

I could care less about this game or this particular shit-throwing contest (outside of the journalistic integrity part) but seriously, I see "a Game of Thrones" type management? ROFL. Welcome to a majority of the studios in development today. I'm just giving my insight based on experience in the industry and what I read is nothing new to me, it's the same shit I've read from people who couldn't hack it in the industry and got canned because they don't realize the ridiculous demands it has on people's lives.

Really. It ruins your social life. It breaks up marriages. There's a reason the turnover rate is ridiculously high. If you're not passionate and willing to work yourself to the bone for an asshole of a boss, then DON'T TAKE THE JOB. You signed up for it, don't come back later and anonymously be a bitch about it because you got in over your head.

(P.S. I previously made a post about the voice actors union thing where I said for this industry - gaming - they need to get one for the programmers and essential components first, and THIS IS WHY)

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