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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever Launch Trailer
5. Re: Duke Nukem Forever Launch Trailer Jun 2, 2011, 12:23 Tom
 
It's a lot pathetic. It reeks of desperation. Looking forward to reading the reviews after this is out.  
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Drivers
10. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Jun 1, 2011, 17:41 Tom
 
DrEvil wrote on Jun 1, 2011, 15:59:
Of course the vendor's going to blame it on the application developer. The point is that if an application makes an invalid call to an API, the API should fail, not cause massive performance loss.

I'm not saying there's no witcher 2 bug here at all, just that the performance loss *should not be considered a Witcher 2 bug* specifically.

Sorry, but there's a big difference between "using an incorrect API" (NVIDIA's words) and "making an invalid call to an API" (your words). It's up to applications to use the correct APIs and use those APIs correctly. It sounds like The Witcher 2 is not in this case.

It's up to the API vendor to make the API behave reasonably. Without knowing more about what The Witcher 2 is doing, I'd say there's insufficient evidence to accuse NVIDIA of wrongdoing here.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Trailer
22. Re: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Trailer May 29, 2011, 10:11 Tom
 
SC2 was worth the purchase price for the mods (third party maps with totally different gameplay) alone, even though they've been slow to get going. I've had a ton of fun playing Desert Strike with friends against random opponents.  
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News Comments > Futuremark Teases Three Games
9. Re: Futuremark Teases Three Games May 28, 2011, 01:36 Tom
 
Space sim???!! Ohh.... Don't get our hopes up.  
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News Comments > BioWare on Dragon Age II Criticisms
22. Re: BioWare on Dragon Age II Criticisms May 27, 2011, 12:52 Tom
 
yuastnav wrote on May 27, 2011, 12:21:
You sound like someone who'd actually like Star Wars Episode 1.

Oooohhhhhh... OUCH that's just mean.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Patched, DRM Removed
22. Re: The Witcher 2 Patched, DRM Removed May 26, 2011, 19:57 Tom
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 26, 2011, 18:43:
Tom wrote on May 26, 2011, 18:17:
Yes, the update is on Steam. Unfortunately, it's a 9GB update instead of the 15MB patch elsewhere. Apparently the Steam update system isn't smart enough to patch files - only redownload them in their entirety - and this game puts the bulk of its data in some very large files, the largest being pack0.dzip at about 8GB.

Then just delete that file. Your saves are elsewhere anyway.

Huh? Why would I do that? Steam would just have to redownload it. The Steam update worked fine without any intervention. I was just commenting on its inefficiency. Fortunately I don't have to worry about downloading 9GB of data, and I'd rather have something be inefficient than broken. I fired up the game and it worked fine, including the Troll Trouble DLC. People with slow connections or caps might not be so happy though.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Patched, DRM Removed
13. Re: The Witcher 2 Patched, DRM Removed May 26, 2011, 18:17 Tom
 
Yes, the update is on Steam. Unfortunately, it's a 9GB update instead of the 15MB patch elsewhere. Apparently the Steam update system isn't smart enough to patch files - only redownload them in their entirety - and this game puts the bulk of its data in some very large files, the largest being pack0.dzip at about 8GB.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation May 26, 2011, 00:17 Tom
 
Heh. It never hit me until I watched this video, but this sounds kinda like a modern day Police Quest. It's been 24 years... I wonder if anyone's written up a good comparison.  
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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Patch Nears
23. Re: The Witcher 2 Patch Nears May 25, 2011, 17:27 Tom
 
Whether or not the game is currently out on consoles is hardly relevant, I think. Playing it, especially after having played the first one, it's clearly designed with consoles in mind and will certainly be released on consoles. I don't fault the developers for that. There's $$$ in consoles, and they need $$$ to continue making games. The important thing is how much of a detriment to the game the console-minded design decisions are.

I'd say on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is a horrific console port and 10 is a PC game in all its glory, this game is about a 7 maybe. With some work I think they could bring it up to an 8 or maybe even a 9.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Patch Nears
9. Re: The Witcher 2 Patch Nears May 25, 2011, 12:45 Tom
 
North on the compass would be great, I'll have to track down that mod. A separate volume control for voices would also be really helpful. Already did the weightless mod. Don't need any other changes.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation May 25, 2011, 01:31 Tom
 
The Witcher 2 contains the following directory in plain sight:
CookedPC\sounds\x360\

Pretty sure you can guess what the x360 stands for.
 
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News Comments > Gold - Duke Nukem Forever
37. Re: Gold - Duke Nukem Forever May 24, 2011, 15:20 Tom
 
Jonny5 wrote on May 24, 2011, 12:45:
DITTO, my GOD it has been awhile, SO many gaming websites that do not even exist anymore I followed this games development.

Fortunately the only one that matters is still going strong after all these years!
 
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News Comments > Brink Patched
10. Re: Brink Patched May 24, 2011, 10:18 Tom
 
Huh. I just tried Quake Live for the first time like 2 weeks ago (ya I know, a little late to the party on that one) and it worked fine in FF4 with no hacks. I didn't even have to restart the browser. Totally seamless.  
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News Comments > Free RIFT Character Transfers Coming
12. Re: Free RIFT Character Transfers Coming May 23, 2011, 16:53 Tom
 
"It's good to be the king!"  
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News Comments > Quote of the Day
24. Re: Quote of the  Day May 18, 2011, 15:12 Tom
 
kanniballl wrote on May 18, 2011, 14:42:
I miss the old DRM days.
Like the questions at the beginning of Leisure Suit Larry
Or X-Wing asking for the word at the bottom of page X

Or the code wheels...
http://www.google.com/search?q=starflight+code+wheel&tbm=isch
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 16, 2011, 13:53 Tom
 
The vast majority of LCD displays accept input at a rate of 60 frames per second. Your monitor almost certainly falls into this category.

For 3D, you need a display that can accept input at a rate of 120 frames per second. Such displays are advertised as "120Hz" but be advised that this is different from the bogus 120Hz, 240Hz, etc. terminology often seen in television specifications. The important thing is that the display must accept input at 120 frames per second and display each of those frames.

NVIDIA has a list of compatible hardware here:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-requirements.html
 
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News Comments > Gay Character Plans: ME3 Yes, DNF No
11. Re: Gay Character Plans: ME3 Yes, DNF No May 16, 2011, 13:44 Tom
 
This is the funniest thread I've seen here in awhile.  
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News Comments > Square Enix's Losses
4. Re: Square Enix's Losses May 13, 2011, 15:41 Tom
 
They never said that, nor did the article say that. Where did you get that from? Try reading the article. They're well aware the losses are their own fault.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation May 12, 2011, 13:10 Tom
 
Tumbler wrote on May 12, 2011, 10:57:
Edit: oh, and PORTAL 2!? Which version is going to be the best again?
PC.
 
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News Comments > Why Duke Nukem is Like The Beatles
25. Re: Why Duke Nukem is Like The Beatles May 11, 2011, 16:21 Tom
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on May 11, 2011, 13:38:
Pretty much this. I never got The Beatles at all. I even recently went back and listened to a lot of their stuff to see what I just didn't get and never found it. It's just generic 60s rock with uninspired lyrics and their later stuff is just nonsensical (likely cause they were all stoned when it was written). My opinion's obviously in the minority though.

Well I'm with you, I HATE the sound of the Beatles with a passion and cringe/flee whenever I'm subjected to it. I'm not sure if there's a name for the concept of fingernails on a blackboard, but that's the kind of response the Beatles elicit from me. From the moment I first heard it.
 
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