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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $46M; May End Stretch Goals
4. Re: Star Citizen Hits $46M; May End Stretch Goals Jun 12, 2014, 21:50 Tom
 
I dunno but this finally motivated me to put someone on ignore. Never knew this site had the functionality built-in, just by clicking on their username and then "Ignore this user". Brilliant! Thanks.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $45M
7. Re: Star Citizen Hits $45M Jun 8, 2014, 14:31 Tom
 
I had a Saitek X-45 and it did not age well. Replaced it with a Warthog for DCS back in 2012 and it's been well worth the high price. Great feel, tons of controls, solid hardware, I expect it to last a long time. Works great with Elite: Dangerous too. Of course, Star Citizen kinda sucks with it right now, but I expect that to be the same with any stick/HOTAS. They need to get their act together.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Patched
22. Re: Star Citizen Patched Jun 7, 2014, 19:50 Tom
 
Dev wrote on Jun 7, 2014, 19:18:
Hmm, anyone else think that more than the vote, they want to give access temporarily to the newest ships so you can be tantalized and buy them once they take them away?

Do you really think those ships look good enough for this to be the case? If anything it was the opposite for me..
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Patched
16. Re: Star Citizen Patched Jun 7, 2014, 15:19 Tom
 
Medwynd wrote on Jun 7, 2014, 15:06:
Clearly you don't understand what a smiley at the end means.

It means "this is how I really feel but since I will sound like a douche for saying it I can just put a smiley on the end and no one can call me out"

Nailed it!

 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
108. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 5, 2014, 08:18 Tom
 
Hey, after all this time they finally released something, so I felt like sharing my first impressions. Were they overly critical? Yeah probably. That'll tend to happen here on Blue's News. Why is that? Well, we've all been around the block more than a few times. Our standards are shaped by the greatest games in history. WC2 is still my all-time favorite game.

Yes, I know it's an alpha and plays like it. I played the DOOM alpha where you ran around with a bayonet poking imps frozen in space, unable to harm them. Yet it was still utterly amazing. I've released alphas of my own. It takes guts to put something unfinished out there, even when circumstances force you to. They gave it the appropriate disclaimers. People are still going to judge and they know it.

Now, CR's stated goal, which he reminded us of in this AC announcement, is to make the "best damn space sim ever". Well that doesn't happen by accident, and it takes more than money. It takes vision, making the right design decisions, and executing them properly. This alpha is our first glimpse at seeing the results of those things. We really want to know. CR did it before. Can he do it again? Time and again we've seen legendary game developers from the nostalgic past attempt to achieve greatness one more time. We want them to succeed, sometimes ever so desperately. But usually they fail spectacularly, a la Richard Garriott. It's incredibly hard to achieve greatness and then do it again.

Anyway, since Elite: Dangerous is also attempting to be a great space sim, and it's pretty much the only other game in town at this point (LT doesn't really have the same aim and isn't playable yet anyway), the comparisons are inevitable. As I said before, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with both games. They both have tremendous potential, which is awesome after the utter drought of space sims we've endured.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
97. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 4, 2014, 21:24 Tom
 
Just spent an hour of actual flight time doing the Vanduul Swarm. Eh, it's ok. Has potential. Maybe more than I would've expected. As I played more and got a little better, it got better. Still, it's lightyears behind Elite: Dangerous.

Stuff that sucked about Arena Commander:

- It wants to use SLI but it's TOTALLY borked, had to force it off. (ED doesn't try and gets a little bit borked if you force it on.)

- Just getting out of the hangar and into AC is needlessly complex. There were two ships in my bay. I had to make sure to find and wear some helmet, then get into the correct ship (with the inexplicably blank control panels in the cockpit) before it would start AC. Ok fine.

- No TrackIR support. This is a HUGE WTF. They support Oculus Rift but not TrackIR? After playing ED with TrackIR it feels just astoundingly poor to fly without it. I go to turn my head and nothing happens. This is something that the game oughta be designed around, not something that gets tacked on years later. ED absolutely has the right idea with this and the end result will probably reflect it.

- It's hard to see stuff in space. The giant circles around the targets are really annoying. The field of view is small. The lighting is way off. Sense of scale is hard. Visual and auditory cues for movement nearly non-existent... meh. Lack of TrackIR support doesn't help with any of this either.

- Can't bind any controls, and the bindings for the Thrustmaster Warthog are borked. Nothing on the throttle works, and the actual controls on the stick don't match their instructions. At least the fire button worked, SORT OF. If you pull the trigger all the way, it changes the !@#$ing camera view. Just what you don't want when you're in the middle of firing at someone.

- Ship movement and aiming with a joystick kinda sucked. I had to constantly switch between decoupled and coupled modes. Coupled mode to get the ship moving in the right direction, and then decoupled mode to have any sort of shot at aiming well enough to hit anything... with gimballed lasers even. At least the aiming in the decoupled mode is pretty easy and very stable, unlike flight assist off in ED which spins all over the place unless you have mad l33t skillz yo, but you can get by just fine in ED without ever needing to disable flight assist. And the transition between modes is jarring and uncomfortable in AC, compared with silky smooth in ED.

- Ship HUD GUI is really non-intuitive. As a result I never really did much more than turn and shoot stuff with the default lasers. Everything in the ship HUD GUI in ED was obvious from the get-go except for choosing a faction.

- Bumping into walls in space. Sorry, "simulation bounds". Lame and unnecessary. It's space! Not Need for Speed.

Anyway I could go on for pages but you probably get the idea.

Stuff that was good about Arena Commander:

- It didn't crash! Of course, ED has always been stable in its single player modes too.

- Damage model is pretty neat, although good luck figuring out WTF is going on when it comes to damage with either your ship or the enemy's. Maybe that will get better with experience but it was always blindingly obvious in ED.

Anyway yeah, that's pretty much it. Of course this is the very first release of SC (that isn't just a stupid hangar - that's hangar with an 'A' people) and ED has been iterating for a while now, plus ED has its problems too (fundamentally flawed netcode).

It'll be interesting to see how things evolve from here for both games.
 
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News Comments > DCS: F-86F Sabre Announced
33. Re: DCS: F-86F Sabre Announced May 31, 2014, 22:56 Tom
 
Aero wrote on May 31, 2014, 19:57:
What you can do is just download DCS World on Steam, which is free. It comes with the an Su-25 (sort of the Russian equivalent of an A-10), and this will let you check out the basics of the sim without having to pay for anything.

I do own FC3, but the only difference between FC3 and the other DCS stuff is that the aircraft aren't modelled to the same level of detail (can't work the buttons in the cockpit and so on).

They actually just added a free trainer version of the P-51D called the TF-51D. Basically a full P-51D minus the weapons, center fuel tank, and radios, but you get the full flight model and clickable cockpit. So now you can get the full DCS flight experience without paying a cent. Pretty awesome.
 
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News Comments > DCS: F-86F Sabre Announced
26. Re: DCS: F-86F Sabre Announced May 30, 2014, 22:24 Tom
 
DCS stuff typically goes on sale at least 3 or 4 times a year with major discounts. If you don't want to pay full price, you don't have to. Just hold off a bit and keep your eyes open.  
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News Comments > DCS: F-86F Sabre Announced
16. Re: DCS: F-86F Sabre Announced May 30, 2014, 18:45 Tom
 
Really looking forward to this, and the MiG-21bis coming probably around the same time. Life is good in DCS World!

Belsimtek did a fantastic job with the UH-1H Huey. I expect greatness from the F-86F Sabre, especially given its reputation as a joy to fly.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Battlepack Sales
4. Re: Battlefield 4 Battlepack Sales May 27, 2014, 23:14 Tom
 
Laughable indeed. Or maybe just sad at this point.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization May 21, 2014, 19:58 Tom
 
Now that's a statue I'd like to see.  
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The New Order Preloads
4. Re: Wolfenstein: The New Order Preloads May 19, 2014, 23:30 Tom
 
I'm not expecting much based on the video I saw that contrasted stealthy and violent approaches. Seemed like very shallow console stuff. I'd like to be wrong, though. I mean, I know the original Wolfie wasn't exactly a thinking man's game, but still.. something seemed troubling about this one.  
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale May 17, 2014, 19:36 Tom
 
Holy smokes, they shipped 35GB of uncompressed audio??

That is just a mind-bogglingly epic engineering fail. Makes me wonder what other incredibly poor judgement calls they made in developing this game...

If they used any kind of sane audio codec, playing back the compressed audio would consume LESS computing capacity due to savings in memory bandwidth.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Alpha 4 Released; Premium Beta This Month
23. Re: Elite: Dangerous Alpha 4 Released; Premium Beta This Month May 17, 2014, 13:33 Tom
 
Actually there are practically no examples that doesn't hold true to, as nearly all games go on sale at some point. Even without early access, Kickstarter, whatever, you can pay full price (or close to it) on initial release, or you can wait until it's on sale. You almost always pay a premium for playing sooner. Exceptions are those rare games that increase in price over time like Minecraft and KSP. Even then, they tend to go on sale.  
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Alpha 4 Released; Premium Beta This Month
18. Re: Elite: Dangerous Alpha 4 Released; Premium Beta This Month May 17, 2014, 10:56 Tom
 
It's standard practice for a Kickstarter to offer greater rewards to people who pay more, and access to earlier builds is one of those typical rewards. It's also standard for Kickstarter benefits to continue to be offered to new participants past the end of the Kickstarter. Elite: Dangerous followed these common practices. So did Star Citizen - they just undercut the prices bigtime and made up the difference by charging ridiculous amounts for ships. Those ships are optional of course, as is early access to builds.

Judging by who's posting in the private alpha forum, most of the people who shelled out $300 for alpha access are hardcore Elite fans that go back to the 1980's. These folks are not just interested in space sims, but Elite specifically, and they have no problem supporting their hero (David Braben) based on their nostalgia and love of the franchise. There are also others who just really love space sims, saw the very promising videos of Elite, had money to burn, and had trouble waiting patiently while others were having fun enjoying the game.

You want to get a game cheap? You wait. You want to play now? You pay more. That's the reality of pretty much all games that are sold as a one-time purchase.

I think the complaints here stem purely from jealousy, which is quite understandable. The game looks amazing in videos, mostly delivers on its promises, and has enormous potential. If they can just figure out the netcode and get it to stop crashing all the time (well, it is an alpha) it could be the first great space sim in decades.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits May 14, 2014, 01:40 Tom
 
And this is why I use Direct3D. Even then vendors B and C still manage to screw things up (especially vendor C), but at least Windows itself is using those same drivers under the hood. That pretty much forces some basic level of decency.  
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News Comments > Oculus Responds to ZeniMax Accusations
50. Re: Oculus Responds to ZeniMax Accusations May 5, 2014, 20:05 Tom
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 5, 2014, 19:52:
LOL. You will be able to buy the device and play hardcore games and never see an add. Public hysteria.

Yeah, all that crap is just a bunch of hot air. You know 99% of these people are going to be shelling out for a Rift as soon as they can, unless someone manages to beat Oculus to the punch. That seems pretty unlikely right now but anything can happen.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 30, 2014, 23:07 Tom
 
Ok let's see... Google Fiber is $70 for 1Gbps up/down. TWC is $70 for 50Mbps down, 5Mbps up, and that's a temporary promotional price. But putting that aside, Google Fiber is 20 times faster down, and 200 times faster up.

So TWC, if the difference between your service and Google Fiber is so small, how about I only pay you 1/20 of the monthly fee, or $3.50/month? I mean, it's practically the same as $70, right? Or perhaps I only really care about upstream, so I pay you 1/200 or $0.35/month? Sounds good to me!

But this is all moot anyway because I'm sure things will be so much better once I get sold off to Comcast, Charter, or whoever.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
2. Re: Saturday Mobilization Apr 26, 2014, 20:06 Tom
 
Got a Lumia 520 for someone for $50 from Best Buy. Incredible deal. What a great phone.  
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News Comments > Project CARS Trailer
5. Re: Project CARS Trailer Apr 24, 2014, 00:16 Tom
 
Ok, so it's got very pretty graphics, but how do the cars drive? Do they feel alive like in iRacing? Given the track record of this developer and the lengthy list of supported platforms I'm guessing not, if history is any indication.

Still might be worth getting just for the Nordschleife if the feel is at least decent, though.
 
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