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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 27, 2017, 00:21 Tom
 
I've dabbled in it here and there in the years since it first came out. Sandbox is fun for a while but does eventually get old. They've iterated the gameplay a lot and added a lot to the world since I last played. It's very polished. But I've been mostly holding out for story mode.  
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 26, 2017, 06:47 Tom
 
This is probably a good time to pick up The Long Dark. Hinterland says this is the last chance to pick it up in early access, and they intend to raise the price. They're also doing a big release in 8 days which is probably the story mode we've been waiting for for years now. I sure hope it's good...  
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 25, 2017, 20:12 Tom
 
The real Elite Dangerous mystery is why their game designers are still employed.  
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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations for Free
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 12, 2017, 22:14 Tom
 
Technically that ain't the original Galactic Civilizations. The original was released in 1993, ran on OS/2, and had the distinction of being the first graphical game to use multi-threading. This was way before the beginning of the multi-core era, of course.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 10, 2017, 21:28 Tom
 
Wheeler was right. It shouldn't be up to the FCC to decide this. Pai's blatant hypocrisy here is as one would expect.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Skins Leak?
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 9, 2017, 21:07 Tom
 
Omni wrote on Apr 9, 2017, 18:47:
Remember when games were about game-play and not about all kinda of skin / model BS.
They can still be about gameplay. It's up to you.
 
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News Comments > Starbreeze Investing in System Shock 3
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 14, 2017, 20:39 Tom
 
That $12M comes at a heavy price, if this thing doesn't flop. I hope it's worth it. Got a bad feeling about this.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Custom Game Exploit Warning
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 9, 2017, 18:50 Tom
 
I hit the "custom game" button once just to take a look at the server list. EVERY game name was some sort of XP idle crap. C'mon Blizzard. You couldn't stop this in the first place? And you have to have an "escalation plan" to stop it? Just remove XP from custom games and be done with it. This is not complicated.  
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News Comments > LG VR HMD Specs
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 1, 2017, 23:33 Tom
 
Those quotes around "next generation" are definitely necessary. There needs to be more than just a small bump in resolution to be taken seriously as a next generation VR HMD. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have competition in the current generation, but unless they get this out in a pretty reasonable timeframe their window of opportunity could be rather short.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Video
18. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 1, 2017, 19:23 Tom
 
I wasn't planning on watching this video but after seeing all the bitterness in this thread, I had to see what the deal is. Is the game really total crap, or is it just people being whiny "get off my lawn" old folks? Looks like about 90% of the latter to me. The jury's still out for me on the game, but the complaints in this thread are ridiculous IMO. That's the best you guys could do?  
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News Comments > Overwatch Season 4 Begins
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 1, 2017, 18:30 Tom
 
Wow, the info in this summary is totally wrong. You don't have to reach top 500 to be rewarded! You do, however, have to be in the top 500 at the end of the season in order to get the top 500 rewards. Previously you just had to get into the top 500 at any point during the season to get those rewards.  
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News Comments > LG Developing "Next Generation" VR HMD
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 28, 2017, 00:02 Tom
 
Nobody can claim a "a high fidelity, next generation VR experience" without upping the resolution at least.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda System Specs
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 26, 2017, 03:08 Tom
 
Slick wrote on Feb 25, 2017, 23:52:
Wow, 3 people replied all who are willfully misinformed.

In any other engine you don't get 25% the performance driving 4x the pixels.

- draw calls
- z buffer calls
- geometry/mesh building
- texturizing
- ai calculations

etc. etc. etc.

So 100% of the work per frame that the CPU does, with many operations that the GPU does are the same no matter what resolution you're working with.

These all have to be done only once per pass, you don't have to do them 4 times to drive 4x the pixels.

No other engine operates like that. Look at literally any benchmark ever. 1080p doesn't get you 4x the FPS as 4k. But for some reason that's how UE4 works, seems woefully inefficient.

Yes, other engines can operate like that. It depends on the conditions. If you get 1/4 the framerate when you up the pixel count by a factor of 4, that normally means you're fillrate limited. It doesn't matter how long all the other tasks take if you're waiting on fillrate to complete the frame every time. It's called a bottleneck.

If you want to understand what's going on instead of just crying that it "seems woefully inefficient", maybe you should get UE4 and run some tests using different configurations and workloads. The engine is available at no cost with source code so it's not exactly like it's a mysterious impenetrable black box.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Seeks Rift Injunction
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 25, 2017, 07:41 Tom
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 25, 2017, 02:57:
Didn't I read that Facebook will appeal the original ruling? Carmack certainly believes that he did not do anything wrong.
How can you be certain of what Carmack believes? What he believes and what he wants others to believe aren't necessarily the same.
 
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3. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 21, 2017, 21:15 Tom
 
I wonder if that guy knows he has to file a tax return with the US even if he lives elsewhere, for as long as he retains his US citizenship. The US is one of only two countries in the world that requires this of its citizens, the other being Eritrea.

Depending on his circumstances and the skill of his accountant(s), he may even still end up paying taxes to the US.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 20, 2017, 19:01 Tom
 
The choice of graphics API is not just a matter of budget and time constraints. It's a matter of using the right tool for the job. Different jobs have different needs and priorities. An experienced developer who is preparing to do actual work will evaluate all of the options available and choose what makes sense overall. Make the tradeoffs.

Then you have people who will pick DX12 because 12 is a bigger number than 11 or 9. Haha. Have fun with that!
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 18, 2017, 20:04 Tom
 
Calling it a robot tax or automation tax is just a feeble attempt to avoid calling it a higher corporate tax. If worker income tax revenue is declining, you have to make up that shortfall by actually making corporations pay tax on their profits. Good luck with that though. So let's call it a robot tax! Ha.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 16, 2017, 02:31 Tom
 
Maybe Gabe is really just a big Jack Tramiel fan.
Jack refuses to allow budgets to be used because he believes “they are a license to steal”: To this day, no one has even a solid guess as to what it cost to engineer and prototype the best selling computer in the world, the Commodore 64.

Commodore History » Jack Tramiel - King of the Home Computer
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 16, 2017, 01:36 Tom
 
mag wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 21:11:
And three people told me in the past couple of days that when they graduate (soon), they're going to be focusing on Canada and Australia instead. They don't feel welcome anymore, and they think the damage Trump does to the view of immigrants is going to far outlast his (hopefully short) reign.

These are people we want here. Smart, highly-educated, motivated, in demand, with intention to settle permanently. And we're chasing them off.
Anyone who is actually smart should realize that Trump and his offensive policies don't reflect the values of the people of the US as a whole. If they feel unwelcome because of Trump, that's their shortsighted choice and not a very smart one in my opinion. Let em go live in Canada and Australia. I'm sure they'll just love the politics there. Meanwhile the people who are actually smart will be thumbing their noses at politics and enjoying life in the real world, wherever they choose to live.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 14, 2017, 18:19 Tom
 
A shrewd business move (by PewDiePie) given the current political climate.  
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