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News Comments > Evening Interviews
7. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 22, 2018, 02:12 Tom
He's a smart guy but like many smart guys he's super dumb when it comes to PR. The ping-based matchmaking is real and it works. The difference after they implemented that was dramatic. He should be calling it the most effective means of region locking and highlighting how well it works in practice compared to other methods like blocking IP ranges. Pings are limited by the speed of light and there's no circumventing that unless you invent FTL communications. (Maybe PU's hidden goal here is to bring about the next revolution in communications technology...)  
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
2. Re: Sunday Interviews Mar 19, 2018, 02:53 Tom
It's Stardock...  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
15. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 19, 2018, 01:39 Tom
dubfanatic wrote on Mar 18, 2018, 21:49:
At only $30 for an account (and less in China) they require money from key purchases and the vig from crate transactions for the cash flow to keep their servers running and their developers paid. If the player base dries up, this puts their cash flow in jeopardy. Go look at the graphs on Steamspy, the max daily CCUs are on a downtrend. They're still extremely high, so it's just a pinhole leak right now, but if they don't patch it up there's a danger it could grow into a serious breach. (And who the hell names their company "Bluehole" anyway? You're just asking for it at that point.)
Their servers are using AWS and/or Azure which means they're easily scalable according to demand, especially in the downward direction. And employee count can also be scaled according to cash flow. That is normal business.

I looked at the all-time CCU graphs on for PUBG and the next two most popular games on Steam (Dota 2 and CS). I don't see any sort of downward trend or other data that suggests PUBG is even remotely in trouble.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
10. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 18, 2018, 21:10 Tom
dubfanatic wrote on Mar 18, 2018, 20:38:
Could be. The daily max CCUs have been on a downtrend since January. More people are getting fed up with Bunghole's constant screw-ups, terrible PR and inability to control cheaters than are picking the game up now. They're going to have to turn it around fast before an experienced dev house drinks their milkshake.
Yeah, people are so fed up with PUBG that it's ... still the top selling game on Steam. And after a full year of that, so what if an experienced dev house gets their act together and presents credible competition? "Bunghole" has already made a fortune. GG!
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 16, 2018, 04:58 Tom
Intel started supplying the computer at some point but Hawking's distinctive voice was DECtalk.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
4. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 13, 2018, 04:47 Tom
jdreyer wrote on Mar 12, 2018, 21:28:
- The malware lays low until it communicates with a machine that's not on the network (thus, airgapped)
...which can only happen if the airgapped machine is already infected. These side-channel data exfiltration attacks are only useful if you have the ability to infect an airgapped machine but not the ability to communicate afterwards, which is going to be extremely rare in practice.

But hey, it sounds really cool, might as well get some clicks out of it.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Feb 28, 2018, 01:46 Tom
Other countries have people with mental problems too.

What is different about the US is the scale and nature of unchecked greed and corruption when it comes to guns and politics.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 14, 2018, 01:47 Tom
Why pick from user-hostile options when you can just go to another web site? Salon, you're hardly the only game in town.  
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News Comments > Sea of Thieves System Requirements
18. Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 21:23 Tom
Naming their integrated graphics setting "Cursed" almost makes up for the Windows Store exclusive crap ... almost.  
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Expedition Plans
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 5, 2018, 03:01 Tom
Numinar wrote on Feb 5, 2018, 01:19:
It's a universe that does not give a fuck about you, because you are not only not the center of it, you are not even a relevant data point in it outside those you get into a brouhaha with (Which is nobody if you play solo or in a PVE private group). If you organise with some people you might be able to flip a system or mess with the economy locally or troll a cancer patient but in a games market where every game involves you being the motherfucking chosen one I think it's a brave, dedicated design decision that should be applauded.
That would all be well and good except that the universe is pure RNG procedural crap with no soul. Yeah, so Stellar Forge is all scientifically accurate, great. That would've made an excellent base for a game. But there's nothing INTERESTING going on out there. Nothing but grind and no reward for it except more grind. Frontier's pathetic attempts to add compelling gameplay to the game have failed every single time. But that'll happen when you have an abject failure of a game designer calling the shots and nobody with the sense to show him the door.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2018, 05:50 Tom
NKD wrote on Jan 11, 2018, 20:50:
I wonder if Trump is just a long con designed to make literally any future Republican candidate look like a fucking genius in comparison. Kinda like a store raising prices just so they can have a big sale later and put the price back to where it was.
Look like?
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News Comments > Overwatch Mercy and Junkrat Nerfs Inbound
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 6, 2018, 06:03 Tom
deqer wrote on Jan 5, 2018, 20:00:
I guess I'll come back in 3 years or so. By that time, Blizzard will have stopped changing the fucking game, and players will be experienced and understand that Overwatch is not Quake or Unreal Tournament; It's League of Legends.
Yeah I also decided to take a break until they can figure out what they want the game to be, if ever. Too many big changes. Of course, chances are I'll never go back to it, just like LoL. Well, I got plenty of hours out of both, but it could've been many more..
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News Comments > PUBG Looks to Rebound from Rubber Banding
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 28, 2017, 19:42 Tom
Jagacademy wrote on Dec 28, 2017, 11:17:
Wait, what? They allowed Kill Cam in team games?! That is a dead obvious thing NOT to do, these developers are facepalm.
Nobody can see the kill cam until everyone in their group is dead.
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News Comments > Play Star Trek Bridge Crew Without VR
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 22, 2017, 21:15 Tom
Really glad I didn't buy this. Hopefully someone will see the excitement for this game, understand what people wanted to get out of it, and build something good to meet that demand. But I'm not going to hold my breath.  
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News Comments > PUBG 1.0 Plans Include Replays
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 16, 2017, 20:35 Tom
PUBG is not for the easily discouraged. You're going to get stomped, over and over and over. The whole point of the game is that not everyone can be a winner every time. But the times when you do win make it all worth it. Almost a hundred people went in and you emerged victorious. Sometimes despite incredible odds when you factor in loot and the nature of the engagements you had. Those wins are deeply satisfying. Even losing can be a lot of fun if you had a good engagement or something new and excitingly different happened.

I wouldn't expect most of the folks around here to "get" this game though. Kinda sad but oh well.
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News Comments > SOULCALIBUR VI Announced
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 8, 2017, 20:25 Tom
The legend will never die.

I played the first SC to death on the DC as well. One of the best games ever. I happened to get back into it a little recently via the DEmul emulator, works great.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 21, 2017, 20:50 Tom
As the article says, Google is very clear about this in their privacy policy. The very first sentence of the privacy policy says, "When you use Google services, you trust us with your information."

So, if you want privacy, don't use Google services. Can't have your cake and eat it too. Not in the framework of our current laws that put profit above all else.
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News Comments > CCP Layoffs: Dropping VR; Closing Studios
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 30, 2017, 20:41 Tom
EVE: Valkyrie was an un-fun turd by most accounts. A bad game is a bad game regardless of whether you're playing it on a monitor or in VR.

For cockpit sims, VR is superior. Try DCS, iRacing, or Assetto Corsa in VR. There is no going back. The 1:1 physical to virtual mapping of head position and orientation is a tremendous advantage in terms of both immersion and practical utility. And it can only realistically be achieved in VR.
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 29, 2017, 21:54 Tom
This is one of many reasons to keep JavaScript on a short leash.  
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News Comments > Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus GeForce Hotfix
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 29, 2017, 21:42 Tom
These sorts of problems are to be expected with games targeting DX12/Vulkan. The low-level work that used to get done at the device driver level is now the responsibility of game developers. This will result in many more complex problems that only show up on particular generations of GPUs, not just one vendor vs. the other.

Basically, if you're playing a new game that targets DX12/Vulkan and your hardware is somewhat old or unusual, you're at even more risk than usual for having problems.

Get ready to see a lot more of these sorts of problems in the future!
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