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News Comments > Trove Launches
3. Re: Trove Launches Jul 10, 2015, 17:29 Tom
 
I played a fair amount during the beta. It's fun but kind of shallow. A lighthearted combat-focused voxel adventure game with RPG-lite etc etc. When I was first playing it, I was like "this is great! they really focused on just making it fun". But after a while I was like "why am I coming back to this game again?"

To some extent this phenomena tends to exist for just about all games. But I felt it was especially strong with Trove.

Of course, maybe it's different now. I haven't played in months.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 9, 2015, 18:03 Tom
 
Microsoft has been in decline for many years. Nadella is just the latest leader who seems powerless to turn things around. Things are looking a bit better now than they were a few years ago, but it's still a far cry from what once was.

Even if PCs aren't going anywhere, phones are still very important and shouldn't be underestimated.

I've used Windows Phone since 2011 - first WP7, then WP8 (Lumia 1020), and 8.1. And for the last 2.5 years, I've used Android phones as well - currently a Nexus 5. I use both on a daily basis, with the 1020 as a phone and the Nexus 5 as a wifi-only tablet replacement, basically.

Windows Phone has a pleasant UI that is attractive and efficient - when developers make use of it (I'm looking at you AT&T). And the low-end Lumias have offered outstanding value. $50 for a smartphone that doesn't totally suck? Amazing! However, the OS still falls down on many basic tasks where Microsoft still hasn't put in the hard grunt work to make it solid. The bits related to making phone calls are generally excellent, but the rest is often mediocre. It's mostly gotten better over time but is still lacking. This plus the lack of apps and lack of maturity in apps, plus the lack of respectable flagship hardware, make it deserving of its lackluster reputation and low market share in my opinion.

If I could get an affordable but powerful Android phone that had a high quality camera, I'd probably say goodbye to Windows Phone. Android has some other issues but I think the 1020's camera and build quality are the only things that really keep me on Windows Phone. My Nexus 5 is superior in just about every other way. I mean, just try doing some web browsing on both. Night and day...
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Executive Producer Departs [Updated]
101. Re: Star Citizen Executive Producer Departs? Jul 6, 2015, 23:06 Tom
 
Kosumo wrote on Jul 6, 2015, 21:49:
Sorry to tell you, but when this crashes, Derek is goning to buy the bones dirt cheap and make HIS BDSSE !!! Mwahaha
You're a very bad man.
 
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News Comments > Cloud Imperium Opens Frankfurt Office
13. Re: Cloud Imperium Opens Frankfurt Office Jul 6, 2015, 20:03 Tom
 
peteham wrote on Jul 6, 2015, 18:59:
Perhaps a bit early to judge Star Citizen thus. And unlike 3DR, CIG doesn't have the trickle of cash from former glories to keep the skeleton crew running for the decade required to rival DNF's development (the people buying ships can't be that stupid, surely).
Yes, yes they can be.
peteham wrote on Jul 6, 2015, 18:59:
I wonder how they're paying their employees? They're surely well past 200 people by now. Low-Minimum wage and promise of percentages on delivery, surely. But Germany isn't exactly a low-cost country.
See above.
 
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News Comments > Cloud Imperium Opens Frankfurt Office
2. Re: Cloud Imperium Opens Frankfurt Office Jul 6, 2015, 17:57 Tom
 
The sooner it all falls apart, the better, I say.

Best case outcome is someone else with much more modest and/or conventional funding comes along and makes a hugely popular space sim that blows away Star Citizen AND Elite. If this happens before SC falls apart, even better.
 
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News Comments > Witcher 3 Inventory Patch This Week
4. Re: Witcher 3 Inventory Patch This Week Jul 6, 2015, 17:54 Tom
 
I've been using an inventory hack that gives me 9999 max weight or something. The game was just a lot less tedious once I stopped caring about inventory weight. Guessing that's going to stop working with this patch, but maybe the fixes will make it no longer as necessary.

Also interested in that alternate movement scheme. I'm pretty used to how Geralt handles at this point, but improvements are always welcome.
 
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News Comments > AMD Ceasing Mantle Optimizations
5. Re: AMD Ceasing Mantle Optimizations Jul 6, 2015, 17:50 Tom
 
There's nothing sad or unexpected about this. Proprietary, single-vendor APIs lead to more standard APIs. That's the natural, logical, and just outcome when the problem that needs to be solved is a worthy one and people care about supporting products from multiple vendors.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Executive Producer Departs [Updated]
73. Re: Star Citizen Executive Producer Departs? Jul 6, 2015, 17:46 Tom
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 6, 2015, 16:05:
NegaDeath wrote on Jul 6, 2015, 14:45:
I just wanted Wing Commander. Sad I mean seriously that first SQ42 video is still sexy as hell. What's released so far doesn't even remotely play like it.
I feel like this is the sentiment of almost everyone who backed this game yet they went off the rails on this crazy train with feature creep.
I guess we should've known this would happen based on CR's track record. How the hell were the first two WC games so good? And why can't someone ... ANYONE ... do anything even close to that?
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Adds $400 Ship
10. Re: Star Citizen Adds $400 Ship Jun 30, 2015, 18:37 Tom
 
nin wrote on Jun 30, 2015, 18:33:
This is disgusting. Is there any way to get a refund of my $37 through kickstarter?
My thoughts exactly. This is not what I signed up for. It's a disgrace.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
1. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jun 14, 2015, 14:16 Tom
 
Another article proving that nobody has a clue how VRAM is actually used.  
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News Comments > Starbreeze Unveils VR Hardware
2. Re: Starbreeze Unveils VR Hardware Jun 14, 2015, 14:07 Tom
 
Couple points to consider when it comes to rendering cost here:

1) Usually when people talk about 5K, they mean 5180x2880 which is 14,910,400 pixels. StarVR is only half that: 5180x1440, which is 7,372,800 pixels.

2) With a high FOV, NVIDIA's multi-resolution rendering would cut the rendering cost drastically.

3) SLI in VR is done with 2 GPUs, one for each eye. It seems unclear how 3 GPUs would work. (Assuming the viewer is a human.)

But in any case it sounds like aside from the high FOV, the hardware is pretty so-so anyway. As one would expect.
 
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News Comments > Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO Trailer
10. Re: Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO Trailer Jun 14, 2015, 12:22 Tom
 
Eh, I don't get the comments about Dirt Rally's physics being good. Maybe compared to previous Dirt games and other arcade crap, but nowhere near the level of RBR, iRacing, AC, even LFS in my opinion.

They also haven't done jack to fix the broken VR support.

The game has potential, but if you buy it in its present state you shouldn't set your expectations too high.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
3. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jun 13, 2015, 20:00 Tom
 
Information of value is being stolen all the time, regardless of what gets publicized or who happens to be in the White House at the moment.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 10, 2015, 18:05 Tom
 
Why is it news when MS declares a dividend? Tons of companies do this, it's usually the same or very similar amount, it happens on a recurring basis, really nothing interesting or exciting about it. I don't get it.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 8, 2015, 18:13 Tom
 
Looking forward to The Martian. The book was a fun little read. Curious to see how it gets translated to a movie. This little teaser clip was pretty reasonable.

I have to admit I was surprised to see that they cast Dr. Mann and Murph from Interstellar. And Zoe from House of Cards.

Looks like there's a trailer out too. If you haven't read the book, I suggest not watching it. Spoils way too much, as trailers usually do.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 4, 2015, 17:52 Tom
 
If Google hadn't been such jerks about shoving Google+ down everyone's throats, maybe it would've seen better adoption. I hardly bothered with it mainly because of how annoying they were about trying to force people to use it.  
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Launches
7. Re: Heroes of the Storm Launches Jun 2, 2015, 22:45 Tom
 
HotS P2W? What are you smoking?  
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News Comments > Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for PC Revealed
1. Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for PC Revealed Jun 2, 2015, 19:13 Tom
 
My English translation of the tweet:

At 2015 MSI Computex Gaming Night, "Final Fantasy Type-0 HD" PC version (Steam) was announced KUPO!
Release date etc. will be provided in a following update KUPO~~!

(If you're an FF player you may recall what KUPO is about.)
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Jun 2, 2015, 18:49 Tom
 
RIP Kirill. Truly a brilliant composer. This piece from D:OS really grabbed me and led me to search him out and learn about his work. I never found this lovely rendition of it until now.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
9. Re: Steam Top 10 May 31, 2015, 16:11 Tom
 
Yeah, Witcher 3 definitely puts a hurt on GPUs. When I started running this near max settings at 2560x1440 @ 60 fps with two 780s, I noticed the GPU temps just kept climbing. They would get as far as 86C before I aborted the tests. I ended up having to replace one of my case fans with a 2000RPM one to get enough airflow to stabilize things at 79C. Thank goodness for PWM controlled fan speeds.

If your GPU is not stable under full load, this will be the game to expose it.

The load is lightened considerably if you cap the frame rate to 30 fps, and the game is totally playable like that, but it's just not as nice as the silky smooth 60 fps.
 
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