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Signed On Jul 4, 2007, 21:44
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News Comments > Fallout 4: No Level Cap; Play Past the Ending
22. Re: Fallout 4: No Level Cap; Play Past the Ending Aug 7, 2015, 02:23 NewMaxx
Jerykk wrote on Aug 7, 2015, 01:57:
New Vegas was better than FO3 is almost every way.

I disagree, and many reviewers agree with me; FO3 has significantly higher metacritic and gamerankings scores. The New Vegas Ultimate does have a small edge on FO3's GOTY, and players on metacritic prefer NV, but on the whole they come out pretty equal by those standards. To be honest I thought NV was the shit when I played it and I didn't even get through FO3. I changed my mind after Skyrim when I realized packing a game full of 1000 little areas is actually annoying and detracts from my enjoyment. I went back and replayed FO3 with GOTY and mods and that tighter narrative was much more enjoyable, and it seems FO4 is going back that way.

Don't get me wrong, FO3's story isn't going to win awards and NV (especially some of the DLC) had some awesome writing, I'm just talking outright enjoyment. My initial pass went fully to NV; after Skyrim (which bored the hell out of me with its tediousness) and a replay of FO3 and NV with GOTY/Ultimate + DLC + mods, I actually swing back in favor of FO3. I couldn't stand another game filled with 1000000000 of the same looped-ass dungeon type areas like NV and Skyrim have. Bottom line, I am a completionist type player but frankly I'm getting too old for that crap and I just want to sit down and enjoy a straight narrative sometimes, and news flash the average gamer is getting old enough to appreciate that along with me.

I do otherwise agree with you in general about Bethesda games and the good writing in NV, but I don't necessarily consider NV vastly superior.

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News Comments > Fallout 4: No Level Cap; Play Past the Ending
16. Re: Fallout 4: No Level Cap; Play Past the Ending Aug 6, 2015, 21:52 NewMaxx
Ray Marden wrote on Aug 6, 2015, 19:21:
F4 doesn't seem like it is really pushing any new boundaries

Really? Huh. I got the opposite impression. New Vegas was more of the same, but FO4 seems to be adding way more advanced crafting, building, city and trade management, a new interface for power suits, a new skill system (from what I understand), better companion maintenance, and a whole lot more. That's what I gleaned from a video or two I've seen anyway. I don't think people want drastically different in other areas - it has to remain true to the Fallout universe and the engine needs to support modding to the extreme. To be honest when I saw the videos I was shocked by how many boundaries it was pushing.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
42. Re: I had privacy once... Aug 4, 2015, 23:13 NewMaxx
Some of you guys crack me up.

We want our privacy! Sure, but you'll get shittier services in return. It's not rocket science. More information means better accuracy, better accuracy means more convenience. People act like they're some, okay let's use the term, "special snowflake," when in reality you can be categorized with 95%+ accuracy within a month or two of recording your searches. Racial profiling, prejudice! No, it's the facts. I want my privacy! Then you can fall behind in productivity because you'll never keep up with progressing society. It's a fact, it's a reality, deal with it.

You have the people who complain about apps not delivering enough or being perfect turning around and being hypocrites by refusing to supply the data that would make them better; you guys are part of the problem, not the solution. Privacy is no longer the issue, it's more of getting greater value in return for the trade. Giving up your privacy for their gain is stupid, giving it up for your or the greater gain is not. Simple. Saying that giving up some privacy regardless of the reasons or rationale is somehow equivalent to 1984 is just naive and, to be quite honest, backwards-thinking.
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Financials; WoW at 5.6M Subs
6. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials; WoW at 5.6M Subs Aug 4, 2015, 18:44 NewMaxx
Until my death bed I will continue to argue that WoW was not an exceptional MMO so much as the first game to slide closer towards MOBA than MMO. Its demise is directly linked to the rise and success of MOBAs. NKD mentions Cataclysm as the first decline - yeah, right after the launch of DOTA2. People always compare MMOs to WoW and expect an explanation for its success, the problem is its popularity stems from characteristics closer to a MOBA than a MMO. It's like saying Homo Sapiens has been more successful than Australopithecus, and then saying the former is the "ape to beat!" WoW was innovative in that it was less MMO, not in that it was the best MMO; it changed the formula. Now it has been surpassed by the games that evolved from that, the MOBA genre, while the MMO genre keeps on like the chimpanzee it is. WoW is the missing link.  
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News Comments > Bashiok Leaving Blizzard
2. Re: Bashiok Leaving Blizzard Aug 1, 2015, 16:52 NewMaxx
Being a good community manager can be a tough job. Not saying he is or was one, didn't really play Blizzard games. It is also a position with a notoriously short turnover time, so if he managed 12 years then I have to show some respect for that. The best community managers tend to be with small games that have a devoted fan base, where even the community manager is a big fan. A good example is LaughingTrendy for Star Trek Online. Being a community manager of a community like WoW would be...mind-numbing to say the least.  
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News Comments > NVIDIA and AMD Windows 10 Drivers
5. Re: NVIDIA and AMD Windows 10 Drivers Jul 29, 2015, 20:41 NewMaxx
edaciousx wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 20:25:
why would people want to run 32bit windows?

I run 32-bit on my Windows tablet (which only has 2GB of RAM), many mobile chips didn't support 64-bit actually. I also have an old X2 machine that's running 32-bit Windows 7 with 2GB of RAM (and that actually DOES have a modern enough video card to be affected here). When you're dealing with limited resources, every little bit of overhead matters!
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News Comments > Five Nights at Freddy's Developer Responds to "Hate"
4. Re: Five Nights at Freddy's Developer Responds to Jul 29, 2015, 19:52 NewMaxx
"Itís difficult when people seem to dislike you only because youíve found success with something."

Dude, you're not even 1/100th as popular as Minecraft was and Notch (mostly) handled it better. Just saying.

Really the way he said that kind of annoys me, like he's letting it go to his head, and then he turns around and talks about his humble beginnings at Target and Dollar General. Look bro it's nice you want to explain yourself but just go back to making games, for the love of God. We don't need a cuddlier Phil Fish.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2015, 15:04 NewMaxx
MajorD wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 10:57:
Thank you NewMaxx for the brief and informative write up, much appreciated.

No problem! I'm replying to clarify what I said about UAC. I mentioned that if you're someone who likes UAC disabled that you might have more problems than usual on Windows 10 (Windows 8/8.1 had a few issues with that, as well). I'd like to expand on that and say you pretty much need UAC enabled under Windows 10. The best way around it is liberal use of the Task Scheduler.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
44. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2015, 14:58 NewMaxx
The Half Elf wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 14:26:
I'm sure there are other examples of other countries doing things that actually work to control the issues you listed.

I was being facetious to prove a point that I was agreeing with who I quoted - that statistics are unreliable and people rely way too much on emotion with these issues. Another good example:
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
42. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2015, 14:56 NewMaxx
descender wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 14:40:
Sorry Newmaxx, but that "statistic" you cited is just another NRA smokescreen.

Hook, line and sinker. Exposes'm every time.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2015, 14:22 NewMaxx
Agent.X7 wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 13:49:
We "feel" banning guns will help society, yet lack any solid evidence to back that up. (Yes, I am well aware of all the studies. Studies funded by special interest groups that for sure have no bias.)

There's a lot of interesting facts around that, actually. For example, the UK's stronger gun laws mean that the number of violent crimes involving firearms (1 in 20) is far less than the US. However, the UK has over twice the number of violent crimes as in the US. It's pretty clear that any "one size fits all" approach to gun control is naive.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2015, 10:35 NewMaxx
I upgraded when it became available a bit early to TechNet people. I went from Windows 8.1. Usually I'm a proponent of "always a clean install" but I wanted to witness the process so I'm better able to serve my clients. The activation carried over without any issue and the process was relatively quick and painless. For those wanting to go that way, let me list some of my findings.

1) It will leave a windows.old folder that contains the old Windows installation as well as any Program Files items that weren't compatible (drivers) and your personal documents, if you choose to transfer everything over. This folder can be backed up and then removed by running (Win + R) cleanmgr. Windows 10 does use less space which is nice for the SSD/eMMC user.

2) It does swap out your drivers. Be prepared to reinstall video drivers and, for compatibility, potentially audio and storage drivers, as well as gaming (Xbox 360 wireless controller for me) drivers. On the whole I didn't have any problems once I got everything reinstalled on that front.

3) It does reset many of your settings. For example, default browser, default "open with" settings, cached items, etc. No real difficulty in getting things back the way I wanted.

4) Some changes as far as the taskbar goes, included Action Center, Search (Cortana), Start Menu, multiple desktop taskbar settings, virtual desktops, etc. I advise checking out some of the "new features in Windows 10" sites that have a list of this stuff. Configure it to your liking.

5) If you're using this on a touch-based device there are a lot of special settings for that.

6) If you have any issues with drivers (for example, Dolby PCEE + Home Theater v4), the procedure to disable driver signing and other advanced options is the same as in Windows 8/8.1.

7) Haven't had too many issues with Steam or games yet. DX12 doesn't seem to work right with Crossfire/SLI yet.

8) If you usually run with UAC disabled you may be used to not having access to the Windows Store, etc., in Windows 8/8.1. Unfortunately it seems even more things are now tied to having UAC enabled which is frustrating.

Overall impressions so far: compatibility is pretty solid, stability is good, performance is excellent. Many improvements if you're coming from 8 (before the changes in 8.1 especially) and it's worth it if gaming is a large part of your life. Simply put, DX12 is already here and games WILL be taking advantage of it. If you happen to be CPU-limited it's especially a good idea to move to Windows 10; lower CPU overhead, plus DX12's API uses far less CPU calls (similar to Mantle). If your needs are simpler and touch-based, Windows 8.1 is perfectly fine. If you aren't on touch and have only basic needs, Windows 7 is still excellent.
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News Comments > New DOOM is Fast; Want Co-op? Not So Fast
9. Re: New DOOM is Fast; Want Co-op? Not So Fast Jul 26, 2015, 15:44 NewMaxx
600-700 milliseconds, interesting time frame. I'm a long-time player of Planetside 2 and the average Time To Kill (TTK) at a distance of 10-20 meters (the average) is 600-700 ms of a very skilled player. It's also 600-700 ms at 0-5 meters (very close) for a less-skilled player. I guess what I'm saying is, that it "is the right amount of time to start and finish it" is not exactly a novel concept.  
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Global Server Expansion
6. Re: MechWarrior Online Global Server Expansion Jul 22, 2015, 15:24 NewMaxx
Primalchrome wrote on Jul 22, 2015, 13:22:
The last time this game came up there was much whining about P2W, 3PV, and CW.... Yet none of those folks could provide a single argument/example that had an impact on the current game. It was all about the 'feels'. I'm sorry if someone is hurt and irrational that it isn't what they want/remember, there isn't a single game out there that has been the exact same on the initial drawing board as when it dropped to our hard drives. Old Battletech fans are crusty and rabid about the IP...and that is one of the major hindrances to it becoming a successful video game.

And yet clearly you read not one word of what I posted (several posts) about this the last time it came up. The problem is that they were TOO sincere towards the original board game which resulted in ridiculously imbalanced play which combined with their terrible control of the engine forced them into a corner where they had to pander to the P2W players. No offense but your post is so completely off the mark that it just baffles me how out of touch you are with the general target audience.
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News Comments > TotalBiscuit, Steam, and 30 FPS Lock-Blocking
14. Re: TotalBiscuit, Steam, and 30 FPS Lock-Blocking Jul 17, 2015, 12:44 NewMaxx
In my testing I tend to notice up to about 90 FPS and I find anything below 45 FPS to be jarring. I can absolutely notice a 30 FPS cap immediately. For example, I bought Dead Space 3 a few weeks ago and (as I usually do) enabled V-Sync in-game. I immediately knew it was locked at 30 FPS. I disabled V-Sync in-game and enabled it in the NVIDIA control panel, and voila, back to 60. So much smoother. My older (secondary) machine is CPU-limited to about 40-45 FPS and that's how I know that's about as low as I can handle for most things.

If I go from say, 60 FPS to 85 FPS, I can notice a very real difference. From 85 to 100 I'd have much more difficulty. It does depend on the game and the monitor but while I'm satisfied at 60 I welcome the day I can run V-Sync on a 120 Hz monitor.

It's not really entitlement for me, it's just that playing all games at a steady 60 FPS has made my gaming experience fantastic and the idea that it's not really better than 30 is outright ridiculous. The last game I played for some time while locked at 30 FPS was LA Noire, and it was VERY distracting during action sequences and noticeable immediately even at crime scenes.
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News Comments > YAGER's Dead Island 2 Statement
5. Re: YAGER's Dead Island 2 Statement Jul 15, 2015, 20:46 NewMaxx
siapnar wrote on Jul 15, 2015, 14:25:
Yager are too talented a dev to settle for the game that Deep Silver wanted to push out. That's how I read this

Pretty close, yeah. Deep Silver has long since moved into "publisher mode" and their constraints are a bit like Cuddy supervising House.
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News Comments > Dead Island 2 Developer Dropped
17. Re: Dead Island 2 Developer Dropped Jul 15, 2015, 20:43 NewMaxx
Kajetan wrote on Jul 15, 2015, 05:02:
According to my information the blame for the X-Rebirth debacle was more with Deep Silver than Egosoft. 80/20, if you want to quantify it. Stupid, utter stupid product management from Deep Silver and a dev, who was forced to finish a broken, misguided attempt to make a X console game with the little resources he had.

There are some people at Deep Silver, who are just toxic. Not particular stupid, because they manage to survive all internal power struggle and still are on top, just toxic for everyone involved.

Your information is pretty good.
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News Comments > Dead Island 2 Developer Dropped
8. Re: Dead Island 2 Developer Dropped Jul 14, 2015, 22:19 NewMaxx
NotOneOfUs wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 21:57:
Just odd there were no rumblings before this.

There actually were some rumblings (I'm an industry insider! No, there actually were some public ones, too) but the sudden drop is a bit of a surprise. It has more to do with politics than the game which is why they are continuing it. I can't speculate beyond that but I think you'll find the answer if you focus more on Deep Silver than YAGER.
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News Comments > Dead Island 2 Developer Dropped
2. Re: Dead Island 2 Developer Dropped Jul 14, 2015, 20:08 NewMaxx
They probably compared it to Dying Light and were like, "fml"  
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News Comments > Op Ed
63. Re: Blizzard's Overwatch Hits TM Snag Jul 14, 2015, 18:09 NewMaxx
Overon wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 17:55:
It's irrelevant if Derek Smart is a toxic unjustifiably arrogant narcissistic self promoting pathological liar.

You're mostly right, but not completely right. A professional football player could be hall of fame material but beat his wife; he will face suspension and possibly criminal charges. Or maybe a baseball player uses steroids to hit more home runs - is he still to be judged equally as a fantastic player? I could be Elon Musk and perhaps my automobile technologies will change the world, but if I cheated financially to get there then my business will still be at risk.

Maybe I'm a patent troll who has all the paperwork and laws behind me, does that make my claims any less repugnant? People change the system over things like this. Much of history is assholes being the best at something - including being assholes - and that doesn't shield them from judgment. Some pharaohs built pyramids on the backs of laborers, you could say they'd be the right people to ask about building pyramids; but if it required practices that are now deemed unacceptable, maybe there is a better way.

Yes, his statements should be analyzed in a vacuum, in a "black box" manner, if you will. Had they come from anybody else reactions might be somewhat different. The problem is that there is no such thing as a vacuum when it comes to opinions. We need to know the expertise of the commenter, we need to probe his motives, we need to look at his experiences, his ideology, even the basis of his reasoning. What your suggesting is similar to the thought experiment of the Chinese room, worthy of argument but inherently it misses the point.

(if you're confused by that, I'm saying that your point essentially implies that if the same exact words were randomly generated by AI and we didn't know the source the material would be more valuable than if it came from Derek Smart and we knew the source, since we are more liable to dismiss it in that case; I wholly disagree)

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