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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Open Beta
8. Re: Battlefield 1 Open Beta Aug 31, 2016, 10:58 Verno
 
Retired wrote on Aug 31, 2016, 10:29:
The game play is pretty bad. I assume nin is playing on ps4. On PC the game feels like a really bad console port. It is a reskinned Star Wars game. They have really taken a step back.

I jumped into BF3, 4, and Hardline, just now and the older games are so much better than SW and this mess.

It also needs MAJOR nerfs and balances. The horses are WAR horses with TONS of armor. The flame thrower kills from probably 100 yards as well as from BEHIND COVER.

I jumped into a tank a few rounds. You will OWN the game. Nothing really to stop you. If you are on foot you are toast. Such a mess, not sure why they thought this should be the flavor of their product. Was hoping it would be great and I would buy ahead of time from a key site, but even finding it at $40 I am not willing to buy it.

Game also randomly locks up for 3-10 seconds. Usually killed in that time, and don't even try and fly a plane.

I played for quite awhile and have to disagree with some of these points. The vehicles require a coordinated effort to bring down which is fine, AT tech wasn't exactly super developed at the time. Battlefield is supposed to be about teamwork, if you go off solo into an open area with no cover then you're gonna die pretty quick to anything. I had no problems killing people on horses either but to be fair I didn't encounter a lot of people using them and I was playing support at the time. Perhaps as Assault using an SMG they take too long, I don't know. The flamethrower supposed to be powerful due to it being limited and people using it are pretty vulnerable. They will certainly adjust some things based on beta feedback as well I'm sure.

I don't know where the console port stuff comes from, the PC version is outstanding. The interface has a server browser, its very fast and efficient. I even tested the matchmaking which worked as expected. You have full video settings, rebindings, joystick support and so on. Performance was great, averaging 80-90fps on my setup. The game itself is gorgeous in motion. I didn't feel at any point that it was a sub standard console port, quite the opposite. They finally made the Origin integration decent too, inviting friends and etc is as easy as Steam.

Things I didn't like - I didn't care for the ease of sniping, I saw damage drop over distance but not bullet drop. It wasn't my favorite map either, I understand they want a variety but the desert is just snipers galore. On release I expect class limit filters on servers will help with this. I also thought that the class kits were pretty ho-hum.

Most importantly though I didn't really encounter any bugs or show stoppers, it was all very smooth and playable. Most BF releases are awful so I hope that this continues. Looking forward to BF1!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 29, 2016, 10:38 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2016, 18:06:
Why do you even need fighter jets or bombers anymore with missiles and drones? They're a lot less costly to design, develop, fly/use, and maintain.

Whilst I'm quite enjoying XCOM 2 atm, I am not - as many other people have noted - enjoying how every goddamned mission is timed. It completely eliminates anything but a brute force approach. And on normal the game is woefully unbalanced compared to my squad equipment and size. It ramps up way too fast.

If you want a hand holding experience without challenge then pick a lower difficulty. XCOM 2 on Normal is very forgiving, the timers are not always mandatory and they are made to propel you forward instead of save scumming/bunny hopping every move hoping to trigger an enemy pod while you have your whole team in overwatch. If you want less timers then there are mods for that but they pretty much ruin the games balance, not to mention hamper a sense of satisfaction from actually rising to a challenge. Normal difficulty is fine balance wise, there is a squad size upgrade that you probably somehow missed and your first XCOM2 game will not be a winner anyway as you will make mistakes and need to learn from them. Go play Ironman, it is the cure to your modern gamer complacency.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2016, 15:58 Verno
 
We had a lot of flooding around here a few months ago and most of the deaths were due to people's own stupidity. One particularly outstanding incident had some lady drive around a tow-truck, that was blocking the road, and into 30 feet of water. It's unfortunate and a shitty way to go, but it's their own fault. I think it kinda goes with the general theme that people have a false sense of security, power and entitlement while in their vehicles.

We have a ResQMe in our vehicles just in case we ever went off road into water. We live near 2 big lakes and other people drive like crap so for $10 it helps me sleep at night. Reacting in an emergency is more difficult than people realize and simple things like your power locks failing can throw people for a loop. People just assume life is like the movies where they can open the door or kick the window out. A guy I knew in high school died in a freak accident where his car ended up in a river. Water pressure gives no shits about how tough you are.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
11. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 17, 2016, 13:22 Verno
 
NKD, I agree that this one goes too far but many of the "promises" people are holding him to are just vague allusions to features and other things. Is anything at all mentioned now fair game for people to assume it will be in the final product? I guess that's the age we're living in and developers need to be very careful with managing expectations. Murray is a guy with zero PR experience and Sony clearly made a mistake putting him front and center.

All I can say is that I followed the game pretty closely and I don't feel like I was sold a false bill of goods. That doesn't mean I'm happy with the final product though, far from it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2016, 10:17 Verno
 
Good luck Blue, that thing is a pain to remove.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 17, 2016, 09:35 Verno
 
That happens during development and this sort of thing is why developers should never interact with the public. Everything is suddenly a promise and if a feature doesn't make it then the people who wanted it take it as a personal slight. Whether it was in the game at some point and cut or never made it, the effect is the same. I'm sure many of those were present but didn't make the final cut. Sony should've just stuck with traditional advertising campaigns instead of parading Murray around on late night shows.
 
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers & Mobile GPUs
14. Re: New GeForce Drivers & Mobile GPUs Aug 16, 2016, 16:21 Verno
 
Darks wrote on Aug 16, 2016, 16:09:
Come on Verno, even you cant deny that a few driver versions ago there was a big problem with the drivers that had to be reverted. Nvidia even came out and admitted to that one. Im not one for dogging out Nvidia because I love there cards and drivers, but even NVidia has had their issues at times.

For sure but having issues at times doesn't mean "it happens every time with every previous generation card, every single time".
 
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers & Mobile GPUs
9. Re: New GeForce Drivers & Mobile GPUs Aug 16, 2016, 15:45 Verno
 
VaranDragon wrote on Aug 16, 2016, 15:34:
Yeah, everyone that's experienced problems before must be full of shit since you never had any.

Nah I don't think everyone is full of shit, just a few of you

Like the people who say "every single time an Nvidia driver comes out it causes problems with previous generation cards". You wanna make a big leap, I'll do the same. People aren't allowed to not have problems with video cards I forgot and users never mistakes or have issues that could be their own. It's all AMD or Nvidia. Haha thanks again.
 
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers & Mobile GPUs
7. Re: New GeForce Drivers & Mobile GPUs Aug 16, 2016, 15:29 Verno
 
Never had that problem and I installed this already, smooth sailing as usual. Less than a handful of minor problems in the entirety of time I've used Nvidia cards but love these driver threads that always seem to repeat themselves hahaha.  
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News Comments > Final Fantasy XV Delayed
7. Re: Final Fantasy XV Delayed Aug 15, 2016, 13:33 Verno
 
The PS4 demo I played was frankly garbage and filled with performance problems. The delay can only be a good thing.  
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News Comments > PC DOOM Sells 1M
36. Re: PC DOOM Sells 1M Aug 11, 2016, 10:55 Verno
 
Which doesn't mean much because a good chunk of blizzards audience is under 22 or wouldn't know of games like doom, quake, or duke nukem 3d. AKA they didn't game on PC's in the 90's they think pc gaming = steam. If you don't remember the pre-steam era you really can't comment on modern gaming at all without massive distortions.

Err what? Where does this assumption come from? Have you been to BlizzCon? Blizzard has been around forever, if anything their demos probably skew older than you think.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
27. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 11, 2016, 10:19 Verno
 
shiho wrote on Aug 7, 2016, 04:47:

But it appears that driver manufacturers have been slacking off, and Windows OpenGL support is not suitable for anything serious.

That's only half the story. Things stagnated under the Kronos Group for a long time which really set OpenGL adoption back. The dev/build tools supporting DirectX and its associated ecosystem are immense as well. Driver manufacturers were simply aware of where their bread is buttered, they are for profit corporations after all.

Perhaps with Vulkan or OpenGL ES on the mobile side we'll finally get there but there's still a lot of work to be done.
 
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News Comments > etc.
26. Re: etc. Aug 11, 2016, 09:51 Verno
 
Freedom of speech has nothing to do with topical content on a private message board. Freedom of speech is about protecting citizens from government censorship and retaliation. Message boards are often forced to censor comments from disruptive members, many of whom have some sort of social or mental problem that causes them to lash out at other users instead of actually participating in discussions.

Perhaps you should do your own reading first before calling anyone else a mental luddite. You aren't entitled to act like a dipshit on the internet, no one owes you anything.

Random? There are repeating creatures there.

It's a procedurally generated game, what did you expect? It is the only way you can achieve a meaningful number of combinations without thousands of manhours that would make the game inherently unfeasible to create. It's becoming apparent that the problem with No Man's Sky is as much the users expecting way too much from the game as it is anything else. Whether this is a problem with the games marketing or just peoples ignorance about development I honestly can't say.

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News Comments > etc.
15. Re: etc. Aug 10, 2016, 15:18 Verno
 
VaranDragon wrote on Aug 10, 2016, 14:34:
Oh and you are never negative, ever nin? You never made assumptions about things, and then got dissapointed time and time again? I wasn't aware that they are friends. I guess that does cast things in a different light. Im pretty sure most people weren't aware of it either, and that tweet by Musk will only hype the game even more. It must feel good to have that kind of power, to help your friend out with a single sentence posted online. Before you reply I don't consider that a bad thing at all, regardless of this game's quality.

You were wrong, it happens to everyone. Suck it up instead of blaming him for your own assumption. It doesn't really matter if people were aware of it or not, its his game and he give keys to whom ever he pleases. No one is entitled to his generosity nor are you entitled to tell him what to do with it. Plenty of actual problems with the game and things the creator has said about it to complain about. Sheesh.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Controller Windows Issues
52. Re: Xbox One Controller Windows Issues Aug 9, 2016, 12:59 Verno
 
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 8, 2016, 17:46:
Exactly. A protected browser, firewall etc does the trick. Since I run with image backups, I can also be loose, I'm 30 minutes away from being clean.

You don't know that your initial image is clean is the problem. If you run no protection, you don't know any better. Once you get rooted you're done and without any initial protection you won't know any better. Any backup you make after initial installation could be compromised. User practices are important but you can still get exploited through no fault of your own and that's what you fail to account for. There are many exploits that will hit you regardless of how up to date Chrome is or what firewall you're using. You're just counting on luck more than anything else.

While I agree that many have turned their sites on commercial targets which are lucrative, there is still a massive amount of user level malware out there too.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Controller Windows Issues
51. Re: Xbox One Controller Windows Issues Aug 9, 2016, 12:53 Verno
 
shiho wrote on Aug 8, 2016, 17:07:
As for the router exploits, they're usually about gaining unauthorized access to router itself, which is a completely different story. This could happen to anyone dumb enough to use factory firmware, regardless of whether they patch their Windows or not.

Again the point was that sitting behind a router is not really protection. Also the majority of consumer routers are not running custom firmware nor is custom firmware necessarily much better in that regard.

With Win10's neverending stream of barely vetted patches, this is only going to get worse.

That's certainly one opinion but it's not the only one and it ignores the multitude of problems large service packs used to introduce as no amount of internal testing is a substitute for millions of your customers. For better or for worse accelerated patching is industry standard now anyway so you're going to have to get used to it.

I'm not sure you understand what I mean by intrusion detection. Those same vulnerabilities that Microsoft, Firefox and Chrome close in their updates, are often closed faster with Symantec Intrusion Prevention. They scan for the exploit patterns which are meant to create buffer overruns in your browser or kernel or whatever, and stop them before they reach the target.

I don't use that product and can't verify what you say to be true or not. I don't really see how its a substitute for actually patching the underlying products or operating system itself. The assumption that it will always be faster seems flawed to me. I'd also note the same AV vendors have introduced their own sets of problematic updates which have rendered systems unbootable and whose products themselves have been the target of malware numerous times. You want to fault Microsoft for these things on one hand but give other companies a pass, it seems like a contradiction to me.

Source?

I didn't see a source on your initial claim either. Any systems administrator ever. Put up an unpatched XP VM and let me know how that goes. I'm not wasting time sourcing something that is common knowledge, look up literally any famous automated worm from that era. Sitting behind a router didn't help anyone then which was the point. The small degree of protection you get from having a bunch of closed ports did not stop these things from proliferating.

I guess I should throw out my Nvidia card then, too, because there's tangible evidence of them destroying people's hardware with bad drivers.

Or, you know, I can be smart about it, and buffer the driver updates.

Apples and oranges which also fails to address the point. A video card update does not have the same urgency as a security update for what should be obvious reasons. A few problematic updates does not negate patching and I'm not sure waiting an arbitrary period of time is a better practice either, quite often issues are found very early before real mass deployment anyway. Sometimes they aren't, there are no perfect practices when it comes to software design.

I believe what you describe is a symptom of BPD, or borderline personality disorder. It's an unenviable mental state, as we otherwise operate within the real world of grays and compromises, rather than black-and-white absolutes.

Seems like a veiled insult which was uncalled for and off point. I made my compromises already and decided that I could use Windows 10. I'm just pointing out the inconsistency in logic people are using. Not trusting Microsoft to deliver updates to Windows 10 but trusting them with Windows 7 for example, its the same company (and often the same teams) behind the product. You talked about mental state but I'm not the one throwing around words like hate. The companies responsible are going to feel absence of money/users a lot more than they're going to feel strong words on an internet forum.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Controller Windows Issues
45. Re: Xbox One Controller Windows Issues Aug 8, 2016, 16:16 Verno
 
shiho wrote on Aug 8, 2016, 15:52:
Most of which can't even reach your average PC behind a router. And are faster stopped by an antivirus with network intrusion detection than laggy Microsoft patches.

NAT is not security and given the sheer number of security issues with most consumer routers I wouldn't rely on them either. Microsoft security patches are very fast these days by the way. I don't really know of any consumer software that does decent intrusion detection (lol at anyone who even suggest something like ZoneAlarm), pfSense or DIY is the only realistic option there. If you're going to use an old operating system like Windows 7 then you should definitely have Windows Update on, just pick the updates you want at least. Having it off is just silly and will lead to a compromised machine. I remember when unpatched XP machines could be infected in minutes due to all of the port scanning and automated blasting of various exploits, NAT didn't save anyone then either.

Cluster updates are not at all preferable to constant updates as anyone who has been around before WSUS can attest to. Large updates tend to break a lot of things and while the new update processes have their own issues, I find them fairly minor by comparison.

If you trust Microsoft to build the operating system you use every day then I don't see how you fail to trust them to deliver updates for it. If I really didn't trust Microsoft I simply would not use their products. There's this odd disconnect where people seemingly hate Windows or Microsoft while they continually use the product happily every day. Microsoft has plenty of shitty policies and by all means criticize them for it but if people really distrust or dislike the company that much then speak with your wallet and use something else. Actions speak louder than words and all that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2016, 10:39 Verno
 
I re-watched it awhile ago and took the opportunity to introduce my girlfriend to it. After it was over she said "why does Netflix only have one season?" and I had to break the bad news to her.

I'm sure you've read up on it by now Blue but Fox meddled with the show quite a bit, even airing the episodes out of order. I am a pretty big Whedon fan but even I found it frustrating when it first aired. Their marketing campaign was a complete mishap too, pitching it as something else entirely.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 4, 2016, 09:55 Verno
 
VaranDragon wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 18:00:
I don't get it, what's with all the Rio/Brazil hate?? I don't remember this much hate about the Olympics since the last winter Olympics were held in Russia...

The conditions are brutal and a ton of athletes have either dropped out or never went in the first place due to health/Zika/etc concerns. Like go read the news, some of the stuff athletes are having to endure is disgusting. This isn't rich western snobbery either. People have been robbed at the "olympic village" and frankly the country doesn't have the infrastructure nor wealth to really pull this off. It's going to end up costing a ton of money that a country already in significant political and economic turmoil can't afford.

Also there was plenty of problems with Russia last time, I seem to recall they hadn't even finished building out most of the facilities and I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting.

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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Jul 28, 2016, 16:49 Verno
 
It's a schizophrenic design is the problem, nothing is laid out sensibly and it looks like a mix between Adobe Air crap and a college students first UX project. It also does a terrible job of both discoverability and execution for its various sub functions (many of which are half assed).

A redesign is totally welcome IMO.
 
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