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Signed On Jul 5, 2007, 06:49
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 15, 2017, 19:04 headkase
 
I actually bought WinRAR. Really. It seems no one else does. Made the purchase about two or three years ago now. 7-zip is better but sometimes there is a rare RAR archive that does actually require WinRAR to handle.  
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News Comments > New AMD and NVIDIA Drivers
1. Re: New AMD and NVIDIA Drivers Aug 14, 2017, 19:43 headkase
 
The new AMD drivers are ONLY if you have a Vega. Other than that the latest Crimson driver is still 17.7.2.

And here's the new driver if you have a Vega:

http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/amd-radeon-vega-17-8-1-beta-6-driver-download.html
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto OpenIV Returns
10. Re: Grand Theft Auto OpenIV Returns Jun 24, 2017, 20:25 headkase
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 24, 2017, 16:06:
I don't disagree that we have no rights to software, but that has nothing to do with digital. There was always a licensing agreement, always the mile-long terms of use that nobody ever read... They just didn't have the technological ability to enforce it like they do now. Getting away with stuff they couldn't stop you from doing is not the same as having the right to do that stuff.

There is push-back on-going as well. GOG.com being the leader. For my purchasing power if a game is available on both GOG and Steam I will prefer the GOG version if reasonably priced. Then I add the game as a non-Steam shortcut and launch it from Steam anyway and am still able to use my Steam Controller (which depends on the Steam Overlay to work) in the games.
 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Delays Xen Again
16. Re: Black Mesa Delays Xen Again Jun 20, 2017, 20:09 headkase
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 20, 2017, 17:15:
They are putting in quality time to make sure it's good. You know.... like Valve should have done.

I don't know what planet you're living on but when Half Life was new it was a revolutionary game. It actually had an in-game plot, not just a page if any in a printed manual, and the AI of the enemies actually still holds up today, unlike all the simply-stupid AI of other games of the time. As a matter of fact, just before Half Life the trend in the gaming industry was going multi-player. Everyone thought that was the future because all the single player experiences of the time were drab. Half Life changed all that, it singlehandedly brought single player games back into focus. Half Life was a bunch of firsts, and they pulled them off pretty well perfect. Enough to turn the entire industry around anyway.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto Reviews Crash; GTA Online Cheat Killed
25. Re: Grand Theft Auto Reviews Crash; GTA Online Cheat Killed Jun 19, 2017, 01:05 headkase
 
Rockstar should hire them, have them integrate their modification code into GTA5 and 4, and push out updated games with it then built-in.

That is about the only PR save they could really pull off going forward.
 
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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Visual Update
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 4, 2017, 18:57 headkase
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Apr 4, 2017, 18:48:
Their bundles are retarded. There isn't a single one without the 9.99 soundtrack. Fine then. I'll just keep waiting until the base game and all DLC (sans the soundtrack which I don't give a flying fuck about) goes on sale for less than 10. They can rip off other people in the meantime. Assholes.

Entitled much? Over bloody pennies? Man, I wouldn't want you as a customer. If you're going to bitch about less than a Euro then you'll damn well be bitching over anything else less than perfection. And even that too. No, better you buy something else with your measly Euro and poison a different community with your vitriol.

Edit: missed the "9" I thought it was 0.99 Euros.
 
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News Comments > Gigantic Open Beta
1. Re: Gigantic Open Beta Dec 9, 2016, 03:02 headkase
 
"Valued at over $150,"

I always stop reading when I first encounter weasel-words..
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Sep 10, 2016, 14:14 headkase
 
I run Windows (without snide remarks) because I play my games on it. I'm no stranger to Linux however and if it ever comes to the day that I can't download and install a program without Microsoft's consent then that is the day I nuke my Windows install and go full FOSS.

I'm not being a penguinista either, both operating systems are fine. The point I'm contesting is that *I* want to be in full control of the software that is allowed on my own machine. Windows 10 is already going away from that, preinstalled Apps and such that they're "promoting," but Windows isn't far enough away from the ideal yet to really piss me off.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Sep 10, 2016, 12:57 headkase
 
Removing an application, any application, from the Windows Store just shows how Microsoft is going the Apple "walled-garden" approach. If Sweeney is right and Microsoft shepherds everyone towards the Windows Store over the next few years and at the same time gradually phases out Win32 freedoms then we'll be left with only "Microsoft Approved" software allowed on our own damn personal machines.  
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News Comments > New AMD Crimson Drivers
4. Re: New AMD Crimson Drivers Jul 12, 2016, 12:22 headkase
 
El Pit wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 12:14:
Simon Says wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 11:54:
AMD is great *waaaaaah*

Dude, almost every website writes that the RX480 is about on par with the 970 (NOT THE 1070!). But I know that in your eyes those are all paid nVidia shills, so I won't even bother to try and argue with you. Live in your own little AMD world and enjoy it!

I don't care about numbers. All I care about is if my games run well enough that I don't think about the graphics card. And my R9 380 4GB runs well enough that I don't think about the graphics card.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 14, 2016, 23:39 headkase
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 23:22:
headkase wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 22:55:
yonder wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 22:46:
Wow. That ad block "article" was a Strawman-filled steaming pile of crap.

Advertisers already know more about you than you do. Concrete examples, data mining can determine a woman is pregnant or someone has cancer *before* they know. Personal privacy should not be sacrificed for every random web page you visit or search you make.

You're confusing things here. That was Target, figuring out a girl was pregnant before her father did, and that was due to what she purchased in store, not due to browsing history. And if a website could determine you had cancer before you did, via cookies, it'd win a Nobel Prize and be the most valuable company on the planet.

For the cancer part, see: Here.

That research was done by Microsoft using Bing data. Sounds good right? Well, an insurance company would never use that information to jack up your rates - right? You should be in control of information about you, not have it warehoused and mined by for profit advertisers. And yes that is search data, but just visiting a site that leaves a tracking cookie is an equivalent signal to data mining.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 14, 2016, 22:55 headkase
 
yonder wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 22:46:
Wow. That ad block "article" was a Strawman-filled steaming pile of crap.

Advertisers already know more about you than you do. Concrete examples, data mining can determine a woman is pregnant or someone has cancer *before* they know. Personal privacy should not be sacrificed for every random web page you visit or search you make.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Balance Patch
2. Re: DOOM Balance Patch Jun 10, 2016, 21:43 headkase
 
Well I hope they nerf the shotgun and buff the rocket launcher.  
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News Comments > Homefront: The Revolution Released
14. Re: Homefront: The Revolution Released May 18, 2016, 08:48 headkase
 
I bought the game. Played about an hour so far, it's not bad at all. The way you progress through the game is very similar to Far Cry 4. There are lots of things to do on each map. The biggest thing though is that you are very easily killed. The game does not reward you for taking the enemy on face first.

Replace North Korea with China and the premise of the game becomes more plausible - although in reality I'm sure that the USA is not stupid enough to become dependent on any nation or technology for their existence. But, whatever, it's a game. The shooting is solid and that's what matters.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Released
82. Re: DOOM Released May 13, 2016, 19:48 headkase
 
And DOOM kicks ass, I think it sets the new bar for what a shooter should be.  
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News Comments > DOOM Released
81. Re: DOOM Released May 13, 2016, 19:45 headkase
 
Reading comments in the vein of "should not buy from resellers so that the dev gets good money." I bought from Green Man Gaming, a pre-order, with a 25% off coupon. I paid CDN$20 or so less than if I had bought it directly off Steam. Here's the thing: I would have bought it off Steam if I could. I only have a VISA Debit card, no real credit card and getting one of those is not possible, and for some stupid reason Steam does not accept VISA Debit cards. GoG does, GMG does, lots of places do - just not Steam. So, literally, Valve will not take my money so I have to buy on GMG and redeem the product key on Steam. And GMG does not have nearly the selection Steam does so not being able to buy directly, the full catalog, from Steam still does piss me off.

Edit: And Origin and UPlay also accept my VISA Debit card.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Trailers
4. Re: DOOM Trailers May 11, 2016, 22:06 headkase
 
nin wrote on May 11, 2016, 21:43:
snapmaaaaaap-nanananananana!


Snap maps are one of the biggest things I'm looking forward to. Lego for level creation. I'm sure the single and multi player will be fun too. I purchased on Green Man Gaming and saved $20 with a coupon, not too shabby at all.
 
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News Comments > Disney Leaving Game Publishing
9. Re: Disney Leaving Game Publishing May 10, 2016, 23:06 headkase
 
nin wrote on May 10, 2016, 22:56:
I would be shocked if they rebuilt lucasarts, that time is long passed. As seph says, they'd much prefer to let someone else assume the risk and heavy lifting, and reap the benefits.

But they can already do that! Publishers. Development studios typically don't have the cash on hand for a 3 year cycle so they partner with a publisher, get cash up front, and deliver to the publisher and they take a cut for financing the work. Really though Disney has so much cash that they shouldn't bother with a publisher. And contracting it out means they are the publisher. The two roles are equivalent in Disney's case. They can either be the publisher who pays a studio up front for development or they can just develop themselves and get the same since they don't have a cash crunch.
 
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News Comments > Disney Leaving Game Publishing
6. Re: Disney Leaving Game Publishing May 10, 2016, 22:50 headkase
 
Sepharo wrote on May 10, 2016, 21:35:
headkase wrote on May 10, 2016, 21:29:
What?! Disney have just demonstrated that they are idiots. Entertainment software is a huge growth sector. If they think they can't make shit-loads of money with it then they just aren't doing it right - the money is there even if they're blind to it.

Edit: Especially with the franchises that Disney owns that can be made into games.

That's kind of the whole point. They'd rather make the free money licensing than having to actually do work and take risk.

LucasFilm/LucasArts thought it was quite well to make games in-house. Contracting out to the proverbial "India call center" I don't believe is the best way to ensure the best quality and therefore longevity of their brand. They should hire in-house, and build up a branch of their operation that rivals their film branches today.
 
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News Comments > Disney Leaving Game Publishing
4. Re: Disney Leaving Game Publishing May 10, 2016, 21:29 headkase
 
What?! Disney have just demonstrated that they are idiots. Entertainment software is a huge growth sector. If they think they can't make shit-loads of money with it then they just aren't doing it right - the money is there even if they're blind to it.

Edit: Especially with the franchises that Disney owns that can be made into games.
 
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