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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Preloads Confirmed; Release Schedule
42. Re: The Witcher 3 Preloads Confirmed; Release Schedule May 12, 2015, 13:11 NewMaxx
The Tuesday/Thursday habit comes from the fact shipments used to arrive at gaming stores on Monday and Wednesday nights giving time for staff to stock the shelves. It also happens to be the best days in general for support, which is why everything from operating systems to MMOs patch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It remains relevant in the digital age since you have pre-loading but also 0-day patching; pushing all that to a Friday/weekend would overload even the most robust servers.

Getting back to the game, meh. Not a big fan of the series. Never really understood the affection for it, but then again I don't get why people find Game of Thrones entertaining. "Adult" for me generally means not having gratuitous sex and violence, but hey, if it encourages people to read or study history it's fine by me. I know a lot of you guys are dying for this release so enjoy yourselves! I'm sinking back into my adventure games.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
1. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 10, 2015, 14:42 NewMaxx
For those curious on here about how long SSDs retain data without power in the "consumer" situation, it's over a year. As a side note it is a good policy to clone and re-apply an image of any SSD drives once a year.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 5, 2015, 22:08 NewMaxx
I remember when she was named CEO and my dad and I had completely different reactions. He was head of PR for a relatively large company (and later would get into politics before retiring) and he thought she was great; I, on the other hand (computer engineer), thought she was a terrible choice. That should really help illustrate that she's a PR person. The reality is women tend to be better at PR (that's not sexist, it's the truth if you look at the numbers), and those skills do help in politics but a president requires leadership and vision. She simply doesn't have either.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
14. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 4, 2015, 16:35 NewMaxx
panbient wrote on May 4, 2015, 15:44:
Except the anxiety aspect is not at all specific to pro-gaming. ANY professional role that has a competitive element is going to be prone to anxiety.

Very true, although there are some differences as traditional sports tend to involve an element of public entertainment (now becoming common with things like DOTA on ESPN) and personal notoriety. A pro gamer (back in the day, as I was suggesting) lived within a relatively private niche and didn't worry about a huge Super Bowl audience every tournament or sex tapes leaking on the Internet. Most traditional sports stars are both talented and have a dose of exhibitionism (they are performers). It didn't really pay well, either, so the anxiety I talk about it more about acceptance within a relatively small but elite group of people whereby your self-worth gets tied to performance in a game you are overly devoted to, after a while it feels pretty constraining.

*edit* Quboid quotes "skill is talent under pressure" - which is pretty valid. I personally was great under pressure I just started questioning the whole enterprise. From the article, "To be honest, I didnít expect how much sponsorship work that I would have to do," which is a good point. Yes, it's something that should be obvious but some people aren't cut out for that when all they really want to do is play games.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
12. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 4, 2015, 16:27 NewMaxx
Mordecai Walfish wrote on May 4, 2015, 15:27:
Maybe the anxiety aspect is why so many pro gamers take anti-anxiety and adhd "medications" like adderall to improve their game and maintain focus. Legal speed.

Such medications are actually used quite a lot by pro gamers and the side effects cause additional problems.

(not admitting or denying I took any myself, but I certainly knew and know many who do)

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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
7. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 4, 2015, 12:40 NewMaxx
I did some pro gaming (or what passed for it back then) as a teen and I'd say the biggest obstacle for me was anxiety. Maintaining a certain level of play and people expecting you to always be that good really wore me down. It got to the point (pretty rapidly, I might add) that I wasn't enjoying those games anymore and that to me seemed pretty stupid. I understand that money is a pretty big draw and that most pros in other fields probably face a similar apathy. I guess they say that the ideal job is one you love because it's no longer a job, so you would figure gaming would be great, except that it sucks the fun out of it after a while and it becomes just another job.  
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News Comments > Origin and AU Refunds
9. Re: Origin and AU Refunds Apr 28, 2015, 16:47 NewMaxx
It's rulings like this that cause games to be more expensive in some countries than others - one reason of many - but yet I'm sure we'll hear the same old "it should be the same price everywhere" from armchair economists.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Free Weekend
10. Re: Skyrim Free Weekend Apr 24, 2015, 11:06 NewMaxx
Valve/Steam typically takes 30% of revenue from sales but as mentioned by someone else here they take much less from microtransactions. Haven't heard one way or the other on mods yet but typically the game developer takes about 50% in these situations (also see: recent game streaming cuts for the developers, Nintendo @ 40%).  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 22, 2015, 09:11 NewMaxx
There are ecologically-friendly K-cups, namely the San Francisco Bay ones you can get off Amazon...which by the way are also often pretty affordable in certain counts (the Breakfast Blend is pretty cheap at 72-, 80-, and 120- right now, for example). Last time I ordered (pretty recently) it came with the hardware to defeat the DRM on the 2.0 Keurig machines, too. Really good and inexpensive organic coffee for those who love their K-cups.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Turns One
15. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Turns One Apr 5, 2015, 20:32 NewMaxx
The best place to look for a deal is, also helps with price history. Set a price alert (waitlist) for what you're willing to pay and wait. I do it all the time, got my last half dozen games that way without a problem.

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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Patch to Fix Stats
30. Re: Pillars of Eternity Patch to Fix Stats Apr 1, 2015, 22:01 NewMaxx
Vall Forran wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 20:19:
Huh, I haven't come across any bugs yet.

I...what? I came across bugs in the first session I played. I'll admit that some aren't obvious unless you're attentive, though.

As far as spell-casting and foresight can absolutely prepare for fights if you scout them out first with stealth and the like. The advantage of a variety in spells, however, is being prepared for any situation. For example, there's a first-level Wizard spell that interrupts casters. It's not something you use in a normal fight or even many 'boss' fights, but when the time just know when to use it. Buffs are the same way, they are only practical in situations where you need specific bonuses or more specifically need to overcome penalties against certain enemies. It's not on the level of BG2 (IMHO) but it's similar.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 1, 2015, 21:09 NewMaxx
Disclaimer: I've done work in the robotics/AI/drone field

I was laughing my ass off a week ago or so when Amazon was complaining they lost six months of R&D to the FAA. Not because it's inherently funny (it is) or because that was lightning speed for the FAA (it was) but because anybody in the business knows they were testing around those limitations in the meantime in myriad ways. The best analogy would be faking a fall or foul in the NBA or football (soccer). It happens all the time at the patent office (I have worked as an editor of patents), it's just amusing to see a giant company actually try to gain sympathy so blatantly.
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News Comments > DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round PC Launch Missing Features
18. Re: DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round PC Launch Missing Features Mar 30, 2015, 16:06 NewMaxx
Aliasing is a function of pixel density, not resolution. I might not need anti-aliasing on my 5", 1080p smartphone but I do enjoy it on my 23", 1080p monitor. Likewise, I can supersample down from 4K with that monitor and it won't look as good as native 4K because my monitor is effectively doing anti-aliasing in that mode. Native 4K with anti-aliasing looks even better on a large screen. For those who want to bring up viewing distance, that's already included in pixel density; the pixel density perceptible to the human eye is based on viewing arc which is proportionate to distance. So, again, aliasing is a function of pixel density.  
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News Comments > Valve's HTC Vive Free for Developers
26. Re: Valve's HTC Vive Free for Developers Mar 27, 2015, 20:18 NewMaxx
Tom wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 17:39:
And in less time than you expect, VR will spread to non-gamers for non-gaming applications.

This is what I say every time the topic comes up, because I have an academic background in the field and I've seen it first hand. There are some amazing things you can do with VR...just look at how creative people were with the Kinect. Getting it into the hands of individual developers, universities, even companies will be a big win all around. I know I got some hate the last time SteamVR came up because I mentioned that it might lean towards the mobile market in the long-term. I think people misunderstood. I didn't means games, I meant as a PDA (imagine virtual Siri), many of the ideas you listed, shopping, just to mention a few. In a much older post I listed links to research journals listing a lot of the stuff people like myself want to do with the technology.
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
54. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 21:15 NewMaxx
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 20:44:
No bugs encountered so far either

I found a bug within 30 minutes...and not even with trying.

Need to stick to my guns on my policy of not trying indie games until they're patched 6-12 months or more. I have no doubt it's a fantastic experience but I'd rather it be smoothed out by lots of play, first. Hell, I waited on D:OS and Wasteland 2 and still tons of bugs, I still haven't touched Grimrock 2 since I knew they'd have a ton of shit to fix, etc. Not complaining mind you, just saying, waited this wait longer for the perfect experience.
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News Comments > GOG.Com on Customer Service
20. Re: GOG.Com on Customer Service Mar 26, 2015, 00:04 NewMaxx
ViRGE wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 22:31:
You could pirate the game, maybe get a virus, and probably get something that doesn't work quite as well as the real thing.

That's true, and it's why when GOG started encrypting some stuff and we had a thread on here about it I mentioned how it could be construed as indirect DRM because it made pirating the files more risky. So, yeah, they are aware of it.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
1. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 25, 2015, 20:05 NewMaxx
"Back in the Baldur's Gate days and Shattered Steel, before there were our own forums. I think it was an environment we were familiar with, but certainly with Mass Effect's ending, it got more aggressive and bigger than we thought. And then all of a sudden, I think it got to the point where it's kind of absurd. Sitting from the outside, I look back and it's just really disappointing. It's bad for the industry as a whole to have this strife.


I'm very much a 'I hope everyone gets along' type of person, so I would love to see that happen, but who knows?" (emphasis mine)

Dude acts like he was making a work of art. It was a game you created for the primary purpose of generating profit. You let your writers come up with a boneheaded ending and refused to listen to your players, you know...the people who generate that profit. It's not that complicated. I mean how can you have it both're making a work of art that will have an impact on people, but you expect those same people not to get emotional about the outright mauling of their experience? Go back to your beer and bikes, hippie.

P.S. I understand his negative take on the forums but...yeah, they're forums. Duh.
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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline DRM Complaints
31. Re: Battlefield Hardline DRM Complaints Mar 25, 2015, 11:48 NewMaxx
Drayth wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 10:44:
BioWare claimed the only thing they have running is that software that monitors modifying of the .exe, and that was mainly to counter MP cheats (they claimed).

I've heard no mention of hardware id'ing for copy protection. If it's there people have been pretty quiet about it in the places I've been looking.

Of course Denuvo does hardware identification. There's a reason the initial cracks only worked on specific processors and required the building of an extensive database. It also has nothing to do with MP, it was anti-tampering so people wouldn't bypass the online DRM (Origin).

It does nothing like this activation crap, though.
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News Comments > WoW Tokens Near
13. Re: WoW Tokens Near Mar 24, 2015, 19:03 NewMaxx
Fion wrote on Mar 24, 2015, 16:33:
WoW - the only MMOG I know where people are willing to pay $180 a year to basically sit around in the cities

I played from launch and quit after TBC. It's funny but I ended up doing a lot of city-sitting from lack of content even back then as my guild dominated raids and I had full T2 well before any expansion was in sight. I actually quit at TBC because they answered with a massive expansion that started handing gear out to newbs after I had city-sat for eons...

Seeing people complain after the next expack, or the next, or now, about the progression of issues stemming from those early moments kind of makes me laugh and...I'm sure as hell glad I got out when I did. The vast majority of MMOs are a pyramid scheme whereby the small, top elite control the direction of balance and content, and WoW was truly the first where that pyramid was inverted. Maybe that's why it remained so popular but it also meant to me that it was never really a MMO.
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News Comments > RUNNING WITH RIFLES Next Week
6. Re: RUNNING WITH RIFLES Next Week Mar 23, 2015, 11:35 NewMaxx
I purchased this game way back when it was new on Desura, although I followed it even before then. I even submitted news of its updating here on Blue's News. I followed its Greenlight campaign on Steam and supported it there. I was glad it got on Steam and it's great that it is getting enough attention that it can finally be released!

It reminds me a lot of Soldat so perhaps that's why it's held my attention.
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