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News Comments > MS: New CPUs Will Require Windows 10 (or Linux)
15. Re: MS: New CPUs Will Require Windows 10 (or Linux) Jan 16, 2016, 14:02 NKD
 
ForgedReality wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 12:12:
I can't believe these chip makers would cooperate with such a thing. I guess given enough money, they're willing to do anything.


I don't think you understand. They don't require any chip makers cooperation. Intel and AMD have no control over what configurations MS decides to push updates for, or what requirements they check for at install time. Nor does MS require Intel and AMD's cooperation to decide to withhold those updates or support.

On a side note, who wants to do a little experiment? We note the user names in this thread who will claim to be switching to Linux, and check back with them in a year to see if they made good on that promise. Should be interesting.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
13. Re: Game Reviews Jan 15, 2016, 17:07 NKD
 
The dual analog stick design is just really fucking good for third person games, anything with a good portion of flying/driving mixed with low intensity shooter gameplay like a lot of open world games. Melee combat benefits hugely from the 360 degree analog inputs. A lot of those weird indie games that come out don't benefit at all from KB+M.

There are just so many game types where the gamepad is the best controller. It's not a dumb toy for babies. That analog movement/throttle precision is often more important than having precise mouselook.

The PC as a platform is all about having a versatile platform that can handle any challenge. If all you own is a KB+M you're just not taking full advantage of the PC.
 
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News Comments > New Star Citizen Alpha
17. Re: New Star Citizen Alpha Jan 15, 2016, 15:56 NKD
 
This shit is just really expensive Pokemon where you pay to catch 'em all, and the ships aren't nearly as adorable as some of those Pokemans.  
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News Comments > Heavy Gear Assault Production "Restructured"
6. Re: Heavy Gear Assault Production Jan 15, 2016, 15:52 NKD
 
Literally who  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 15, 2016, 15:34 NKD
 
Should you cut yourself off from the majority of recently released games, after already choosing to cut your performance to a third? Tough question. I'll have to think about that one for a while.

At least the Linux fanboys quoted in the article talk some sense: dual boot at most.
 
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News Comments > New Hitman Goes Fully Episodic
22. Re: New Hitman Goes Fully Episodic Jan 15, 2016, 04:31 NKD
 
Jerykk wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 04:23:
You can imagine Hitman as a procedural TV show where it's about an assassin doing some given assassination each week. There might be some backstory and occasional narrative arcs, but the episodes are stand alone and there's really no one left hanging when the content dries up, unless the price was wrong.

Except Hitman has never been a story-driven series. When it's attempted to be (ala Hitman: Absolution), it was received poorly. Big, open-ended and interesting levels have always been the strong point of the series and the reason why fans play the games. That works well with an episodic format where you can just release levels one at a time. The only question is whether or not the quality of the levels will remain consistent with monthly releases. Good level design takes a lot of iteration and polish and there's a good possibility that the later levels won't receive enough of either.

Not sure why you started that with an "except" and then went on to agree with me But yes, that's what I'm driving at here. An episodic format could work very well for games that don't rely on a long narrative arc.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
8. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 15, 2016, 03:47 NKD
 
ViRGE wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 00:25:
Most likely it will use a combination of non-visual sensors to navigate, and see better than humans in the process. White out conditions are rubbish for the visible spectrum, but LIDAR and other instruments can see better. There's still a lot of work to get there, but at the end of the day cars don't have to play by the same rule book as humans.

That's what I've figured as well. All of the major negative driving situations are either loss of visibility or loss of vehicle control. Computers can react more consistently and more accurately to loss of control (or prevent it in the first place), and an array of different sensors could vastly outstrip the capabilities of the human eye. Even the existing traction control systems in vehicles prevent a huge number of stupid human errors every year in bad weather. Extend this with actual authoritative control over the inputs and it could be more preventative than reactive and perform even better.

These aren't really tough problems for them to solve. They are just problems that aren't high priorities because these areas simply aren't the target market right now.

This stuff will spread from the cities to the suburbs and eventually to rural areas with poorly maintained roads. But market adoption in those areas is so far off that focusing on city usability is the smart play right now. So I wouldn't expect to hear much about hazardous conditions and self-driving cars for a long time.

Of course some of this also comes down to "Should I even be on the fucking road right now?" Like if you tell your car to drive you to Starbucks through a 10 foot snowdrift it's probably going to say no.
 
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News Comments > New Hitman Goes Fully Episodic
20. Re: New Hitman Goes Fully Episodic Jan 15, 2016, 03:37 NKD
 
Jerykk wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 02:04:
I find it weird actually that episodic gaming is usually heavily story driven games. Those are the types of games that need a distinct beginning, middle and end, not an indeterminate number of episodes.

Works fine for TV shows.

Does it though? I don't think it does. TV is a very different market. Indeed a huge percentage of TV shows never make it past their first season. And many that do often overstay their welcomes and run out of narrative juice. TV shows often don't know if they are coming back for another season and never get proper endings.

This is why TV is dominated by reality shows and shitty procedurals. They are immune to those kinds of problems. If a procedural ends, who gives a shit, it didn't have much of an on-going plot to begin with. Reality shows obviously don't need a traditional story arc either.

TV shows that try and do what episodic gaming has tried to do, which is tell a single coherent story, have a pretty astonishingly low chance of actually finishing their story.

So I actually think TV shows are a good example of why this approach doesn't work well for long narrative arcs, but DOES work for standalone content.

You can imagine Hitman as a procedural TV show where it's about an assassin doing some given assassination each week. There might be some backstory and occasional narrative arcs, but the episodes are stand alone and there's really no one left hanging when the content dries up, unless the price was wrong.
 
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News Comments > Cobalt February 2nd
1. Re: Cobalt February 2nd Jan 15, 2016, 01:08 NKD
 
Huh. For some reason it completely slipped my mind that Mojang weren't actually developing this and were merely acting as a publisher for it. I don't really see Microsoft using the Mojang label to publish non-Minecraft related games in the future, but this deal pre-dates the MS buyout so they are probably just making good on the deal.  
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News Comments > New Hitman Goes Fully Episodic
17. Re: New Hitman Goes Fully Episodic Jan 15, 2016, 01:04 NKD
 
I think an episodic approach COULD work for Hitman, in theory. It's never been a strongly story driven game. Hell, I've played every game and I couldn't really tell you the overall story. It just wasn't memorable.

So if they were to release some episodes, and then eventually stop, you wouldn't really be losing anything. Provided the value-for-money was correct in the first place.

You wouldn't be stuck with a cliffhanger for 10 years like with certain other attempts at episodic gaming.

I find it weird actually that episodic gaming is usually heavily story driven games. Those are the types of games that need a distinct beginning, middle and end, not an indeterminate number of episodes.
 
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Matchmaking Changes
7. Re: Heroes of the Storm Matchmaking Changes Jan 14, 2016, 15:27 NKD
 
descender wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 12:13:
None of those things you want in the game are fun to do... so no thanks.

You can play other games with those mechanics. why does every single MOBA style game have to follow the same stupid rules? How many replicants of Warcraft3 DOTA do you need to be happy?

There's always a horde of morons unhappy with Valve or Riot for one reason or another who want some company to come along and make a game that is basically just the same game, except with different people in charge, hoping they'll make the decisions they agree with.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 14:10 NKD
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 13:53:
Bard wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 13:32:
PunkiBastardo wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 10:27:
Hadn't read about these wackos before, but I had a good laugh with the videos and all those homoerotic stories. Go internet!

Unfortunately the whole 'wackos' portrayal is meant to distract from a very real issue.

The US Government has been breaking its own laws trying to railroad people off land where rich resources have been discovered.

This is really about resistance to Tyranny, not wackos.

Typical COINTELPRO tactic, and one even Ghandi spoke about.

No, this is about wackos arming themselves and holing up in public property.

Yeah, it's definitely about wackos. Cliven Bundy and his clan are "sovereign citizen" lunatics. This is well documented and is not a misrepresentation of their position at all. These are guys who, quite simply, decided they don't like the rules. Instead of trying to change the rules, they decided instead they should pretend the rules don't apply to them.

Sorry, that's not how the world works. The only reason they get away with it is because they are in the middle of nowhere and no one can be bothered since they aren't really bothering anyone. Not worth it to go in there and push them out. If anything, their continued defiance proves that the government, far from being tyrannical, is actually very lazy and often unwilling to act when push comes to shove.

They are nothing but dirty thieves who have been breaking the law for 20 years and aren't in jail.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Sells 1.4M
16. Re: Elite: Dangerous Sells 1.4M Jan 14, 2016, 13:38 NKD
 
Dagnamit wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 11:09:
NKD wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 09:56:
I need to pickup a joystick I think so I can actually play this...

I suggest this one. Cheap, capable and often goes on sale for $30-$40. (amazon link)

http://tinyurl.com/hjmcbkw

Thanks this looks like it's just what i need.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 14, 2016, 11:04 NKD
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 10:21:

Shit I forgot he was in that. That's going to hurt the chances of the oft-rumored sequel coming to fruition. Damn.

That's literally the last movie I saw him in, oddly enough. Talented actor but he seemed to mostly end up in films I had no interest in.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 14, 2016, 09:58 NKD
 
By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged!  
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Sells 1.4M
1. Re: Elite: Dangerous Sells 1.4M Jan 14, 2016, 09:56 NKD
 
I need to pickup a joystick I think so I can actually play this...  
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News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video
3. Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video Jan 13, 2016, 22:36 NKD
 
bigspender wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 20:12:
Does their hiring policy state that employees must wear stupid hats while indoors? I wouldn't have realised that any of these people were "special" if they didn't look like this otherwise.

I'm just annoyed because they haven't shown a proper gameplay video.

Holy shit you're right there's literally a motherfucker with a fedora (or is it a trilby?).
 
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News Comments > Amazon Prime Discounting Game Preorders
6. Re: Amazon Prime Discounting Game Preorders Jan 12, 2016, 22:06 NKD
 
Honestly I save enough on shipping each year to more than pay for my Amazon Prime, so all these other benefits are effectively just free shit.  
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News Comments > EA Launches Origin Access Subscriptions
11. Re: EA Launches Origin Access Subscriptions Jan 12, 2016, 21:38 NKD
 
Bard wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 21:19:
NKD wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 20:58:
Supposedly this has been pretty good value for money on the Xboner, but I'm not sure it's there yet for PC.

Still, 5 dollars a month is 1 full-price triple A game a year, so it wouldn't take much to make this worthwhile for most gamers.

Except... Origin.


What's wrong with Origin? Client works fine, and they have better customer service than Steam by far. The only thing missing is game selection and their sales aren't quite as good. But Steam's sales are getting worse and Origin is coming up with alternative ways to provide value for money like this scheme here.

There's this meme like installing Origin on your computer is like installing herpes, but there's just no basis in fact for that shit.

I've had no problems with the Origin client or service, and when deals come up that beat Steam or simply aren't available on Steam, I take them. Saying "Ewww Origin has cooties!" and then passing up good deals is not smart purchasing.
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer
34. Re: Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer Jan 12, 2016, 21:22 NKD
 
killer_roach wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 19:59:

Even beyond that, a lot of countries' record keeping of cancer statistics were astonishingly poor until quite recently unless it was something that caused obvious symptoms (thyroid cancer, brain tumors, melanoma, etc.). If it was something that went undiagnosed and killed you slowly at an old age, they just said you died of natural causes and left it at that. (Additionally, expected lifespans in Japan in the 1950s were somewhere in the low 60s of years - most of your cancer fatalities occur either under the age of ten or over the age of 75.)

Yeah. Historical cancer data simply isn't reliable so there's no basis for comparison. Anyone trying to say anything definitive based on it is full of shit. The only reliable cancer data we have is for a bunch of very similar Western cultures, and only for the past few decades. There's no other reliable data to compare it to.

bigspender wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 21:14:

I'm not really sure what else I can say or do to convince you I'm for real. *shrugs*

Don't get me wrong, I'm not accusing you of being a paid shill or anything, (though linking store pages is a little tacky) At least compared to linking to research and cancer charities who will tell you eating healthy is good, without telling you to buy a book, or buy anything at all.

This comment was edited on Jan 12, 2016, 21:29.
 
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