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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 15, 2014, 18:04 Tom
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 15:25:
I do hear that there isn't that much to play with on the OR right now though. Does anyone have one? And if so, what are you playing on it, besides the Elite D beta?

It looks like next week Oculus will start shipping DK2 to people in the US who ordered later than the first day or two of pre-orders (March 19-20). I ordered on March 26th and my order status changed last night to "Processing: Your order has been checked out for shipping and will be shipped in the next batch." Woohoo!

Out of the box my priorities will be DCS, Elite: Dangerous, HL2 (just as an experiment), and various Rift-specific demos. When support is ready, I'm also looking forward to trying iRacing, Assetto Corsa, Skyrim, and more.

And of course I'll be working on my own project with UE4, assuming I can tear myself away from this other stuff.
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News Comments > Capture Added to Star Citizen Arena Commander
25. Re: Capture Added to Star Citizen Arena Commander Aug 11, 2014, 00:08 Tom
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 10, 2014, 23:37:
Looking at the SDK, the hooks don't appear to be that challenging to implement... it's just a matter of making sure that the TrackIR motions don't cause issues (go out of bounds, etc.), and that's all on RSI coders...

I've implemented it myself for my own 3D engine/application. Took less than a day, and I had to deal with substantial obstacles that these guys would not have to. For them it should take one programmer a few hours if he knows what he's doing, otherwise a few days tops. Dealing with bounds issues should be trivial given the extent they've modeled everything.

But then again we are talking about guys who, more than 3 months after the release of their massively delayed DFM/AC/POS still require users to 1) manually disable SLI and 2) hand-edit XML files if they want to use a TM Warthog. Oh, and nevermind that it controls like crap, walking around in the hangar is vomit-inducing, etc.

Maybe several months of programmer time would be a more realistic estimation for them. I predict TrackIR support sometime in 2016, assuming they don't switch engines.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 10, 2014, 12:18 Tom
Specifically, purchasing a Vizio.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
19. Re: Evening Interviews Aug 9, 2014, 11:50 Tom
{PH}88fingers wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 11:37:
reading some of these comments sounds like they didn't actually even read the article.

Correct, they did not. They just want to "stick it to The Man" no matter what. And anyone who doesn't want to join in on that bashing is the enemy.

Guess what - I hate it when corporate execs screw their employees just as much as you guys! I just think the employees share responsibility for the problem, and recognizing that instead of complaining only about the execs would go a long way towards ultimately solving the problem. Instead of getting screwed, why not make yourself unscrewable? If employees act responsibly, QUIT and AVOID abusive companies like they should, those corporate execs would know that they can't get away with the abusive behavior and it would happen less often.

This is a huge problem with the game industry in particular though. There are too many people who will put up with anything just so they can work on games. Those people are just begging to get screwed. It's their choice and they should be faulted for it.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
17. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 9, 2014, 11:28 Tom
Beamer wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 10:36:
It's always amazing when people say things like this, as if you can just magically have a new, comparable job overnight.

Uh huh. And just why is your current job a guaranteed thing? Why is it ok to make that assumption? How is that in any way shape or form being a responsible adult?

Yes, it can take time to find a new job. Could be a long time. This is something you should factor into your plans. Do you people expect companies to have your best interests at the forefront? That's just not the way things work in reality and all the complaining in the world is never going to change that. It's a naive and foolish expectation.

The ONLY person looking out for you is YOU. If you want to be successful, you have to keep your eyes open and watch your own back. It's ok to hope for the best as long as you plan for the worst. To do otherwise is just plain stupid and inconsistent with how things work in the real world.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
12. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 9, 2014, 01:11 Tom
Scheherazade wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 22:08:
Not paying someone for their work is a theft of their services.

Obviously employers need to pay their employees for work performed. I don't dispute that AT ALL. But when they tell employees they're not going to be able to pay them until some future point or not at all, and the employees decide to stick around and continue working anyway, guess what - that's the deal they agreed to by continuing to work.

This was not a case of missing just one or two paychecks. It was a months-on-end kind of thing. They had plenty of opportunity to quit and find work elsewhere but they chose not to. Their choice, their responsibility. Assuming, anyway, that they weren't misled about the pay being deferred, which doesn't appear to have happened here.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
4. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 8, 2014, 18:34 Tom
The people who didn't get paid always had the option to quit and find a job somewhere else. But hey, that would take some personal responsibility which is so uncool these days, so let's blame the guys at the top instead! Well good luck finding a job when Crytek is no more, after having badmouthed your company in public. That always goes over real well with prospective employers. Maybe they can become taxi drivers - by all accounts, the game industry sucks to work in anyway.  
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News Comments > DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Open Beta
5. Re: DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Open Beta Aug 8, 2014, 18:25 Tom
DCS terrain includes Georgia and southern Russia. It does not include Crimea.  
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News Comments > Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin
25. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 23:21 Tom
Well I just played a few sim runs and the first mission. Worked fine with my TM Warthog, very impressive. I did have to hit Ctrl+J at the beginning of every flight to switch to joystick mode.

No scanlines in the video. Heck of a lot of pixels and cheese though. Man, WC2 just had so much more class it's not even funny. Ahh, if only technology could've kept things hand-drawn for at least another game or two.
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News Comments > Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin
19. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 19:13 Tom
Hmm yep, DOSBox. Wow, that worked super easily. And it even detected and worked with my joystick properly! Amazing. I didn't have time to do anything more than get through all of the (long) intro for now. Will try the actual gameplay later.

Hint: Alt+X quits the game.
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News Comments > Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin
16. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 18:39 Tom
Yeah, all the whining about Origin/Steam is pretty old at this point, but expected. Some of those people will get over it eventually, others won't. Whatever.

I'm curious how WC3 runs on modern systems. I haven't tried it since its original release. Back then I wasn't a big fan. WC2 was (and still is) my all-time favorite game, yet WC3 wasn't nearly as good. The plot, characters, artwork, mission design ... none of it was as good as WC2 as I recall. But I'm curious to take another look. It has been ... 20 years. Ack.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Expands; New Ship Added
40. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Expands; New Ship Added Aug 3, 2014, 20:34 Tom
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 16:11:
Instead of fixing shit they did indeed just add a towel, a buggy stunt course (extremely immersing feature right there) and a fish tank with space fish. Awesome.

The framework is horrible. You can't customize controls, you only have very barebone options to tweak visuals or performance, there is no multi GPU support, nothing. Everything is shitty and broken. I get that it's alpha but there should be at least a certain basis to work from.

Basic enough stuff has been broken for long enough that it gives me very little confidence the correct leadership is in place to ensure a good outcome for this project.

Elite on the other hand has always made a ton of practical improvements in every update. Yeah it doesn't have SLI working either, but it doesn't attempt to use it by default (unlike SC) and if you force it it does basically work (also unlike SC).

My money is on Elite at this point. So glad I never paid more than the minimum into SC.
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
15. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 3, 2014, 07:26 Tom
The idea that there are enough electronics hobbyists nowadays to support a store like Radio Shack is pretty laughable. Sad to see folks in denial on that one. Look, they had a good run up to the 90s but nowadays they'd be lucky to sell a handful of electronics hobbyist items a day per location, and you can bet most of those people would balk at paying more than a few % above online prices, and they sure as hell aren't going to do anything else that would make the store $$$. So it's a major losing proposition unless Radio Shack can find something else to subsidize that business, which they tried and failed at. Cell phones are a terrible thing to hawk and that's one of the main things that drove me away from Radio Shack.

Physical retail stores cost money. Companies have to make enough money to pay for that, or go out of business. Best Buy is trying to "take price out of the equation" by aggressively price matching Amazon and others - and they actually do it with no hassle. I bought a webcam from them a few months back and the only tough part was finding the darn thing in the store. But if too many customers take advantage of that policy, they're going to have to make their $$$ off horrific services like Geek Squad (*shudder*) or close their doors too.

The days of brick and mortar may be numbered, at least for many types of items. I laughed at Best Buy's CEO in a recent interview when he was asked if the company will be around in 5 years and he answered, "We'll be around in 50 years!" Yeah, good luck with that.
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News Comments > On the Legality of "Code Stripping"
6. Re: On the Legality of Jul 31, 2014, 17:44 Tom
Yeah, people very conveniently forget that the cost of living varies throughout the world when the topic of pricing for digital goods is discussed. The software I develop is sold online but the price is the same for people all over the world. This effectively makes it a great bargain for people in the US but a huge expense for people in poorer countries. It's unfortunate and I don't like it. Imagine if the tables were turned and instead of having it cost you 4 hours pay to buy a game, it cost 20 hours pay - doing the same kind of work? Of course one can say... sucks to be you, that's the price you pay for living in a poor country, but that's kind of a lousy selfish attitude isn't it?

Of course the business reason of making some money instead of none generally trumps compassion when it comes to setting different prices throughout the world. But in any case, I don't think region-specific pricing is the atrocity people usually make it out to be.
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News Comments > Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust
26. Re: Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust Jul 28, 2014, 17:52 Tom
Well I got my $20 worth from the game a long time ago, but it sure would've been nice if they'd continued its development at least a little bit more. I don't know about this rewrite. Every time I fire it up I'm appalled by just how awful it is. They had something special going with the original version, a spark that was snuffed out and was never present with the rewrite.

But hey, maybe in another year or two they'll have proved me wrong and the rewrite will be a fun game to play. We'll see.

Scott Manley's video on The Long Dark was surprisingly compelling. That looks like it might actually be a pretty cool survival game. Single player only, but that may actually be more of a benefit than a drawback. I never imagined I'd like a survival game until a friend got me to play Rust, and now another one is on my radar... so at least I can thank em for that.
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News Comments > DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases
6. Re: DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases Jul 27, 2014, 22:00 Tom
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 14:32:
There you go! Be warned, it's not a read for the faint of heart, but it is THE textbook on fighter combat.

Thanks! I shall study this.

CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 19:28:
It's getting a little weird when choppers (Blackshark, Huey etc.), the P-51 Mustang, the soon-to-be-released FW 190, the F-86 and modern jets like the Su-25, A-10, F-15 and maybe upcoming F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35 etc. are all operating within the same campaign theater.

I don't see what is so weird about this. DCS is a hardcore sim, of the sandbox variety where you have to make your own fun for the most part. They give you the tools to do what is of interest to you. DCS has no law that says the P-51 must do battle with the A-10 and F-15 over the skies of Georgia. If you use your imagination just a little bit, there's plenty of freedom to do what you want.

Would it be nice to have more terrain? More ground units? More planes? Sure. But there's plenty to do with what's there now.
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News Comments > DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases
1. Re: DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases Jul 27, 2014, 14:11 Tom
Belsimtek has delivered once again with this module. I've spent some time with it this weekend and it's a nice plane, well implemented. Interesting to see what life is like in the transonic realm. I went through cold start (quite simple), radar-assisted guns, GAR-8 (early Sidewinder missiles), and took it supersonic in a dive from 45,000 feet. It was exciting to join a multiplayer server and fly the waypoints, searching for enemies, checking my six, even though I have little idea how to successfully engage other planes.  
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News Comments > Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
3. Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 12:40 Tom
That letter is a riot!  
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: Into the Black Jul 19, 2014, 16:20 Tom
Still got it after all these years... go Weird Al!
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
11. Re: Morning Screenshots Jul 18, 2014, 20:32 Tom
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 11:04:
Worthless unless they add what framerates they were getting at 4K. With everything maxed it musta been a slideshow. nVidia and AMD really need to get their asses in motion.

Not worthless, and they weren't running at 4K. The last major release added a high-res screenshot key that lets you run at your regular resolution but it takes a 4K screenshot. Probably uses tiled rendering or some such. Good for making pretty screenshots. They had a little competition where Braben selected a winner. You can see it in the latest newsletter.
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