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News Comments > Half-Life: Alyx Confirmed; Unveiling Thursday

28. Re: Half-Life: Alyx Confirmed; Unveiling Thursday Nov 19, 2019, 07:38 TheEmissary
I been wanting to get a VR HMD for years as well but glasses also pose a significant problem for me as well. I really don't want to miss the first new Half-life game in years over this.

Even if the HMD can't instantly auto-correct to the prescription they should atleast let you input the prescription for your glasses and let the software make the necessary adjustments.

Given the way my eyes work I can see perfectly up close in the distance the VR headset would sit but since the VR HMD uses lenses and software to simulate far or infinite distance it doesn't work well for me.
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News Comments > Game Reviews

2. Re: Game Reviews Sep 25, 2019, 14:25 TheEmissary
8k is what 4x times the pixels of 4k resolution. I can believe it. 4k@60fps is pretty easy to achieve on a rtx 2070 super.  
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News Comments > Modern Warfare Spec Ops Survival Mode Exclusive to PS4 Until October 2020

9. removed Sep 25, 2019, 07:40 TheEmissary
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News Comments > Control Exclusivity Cost Epic $10M+?

15. Re: Control Exclusivity Cost Epic $10M+? Sep 21, 2019, 07:48 TheEmissary
MacLeod wrote on Sep 21, 2019, 07:10:
I'm figuring it won't even hit the 200,000 copies needed to start making more money on a PC either. NPD doesn't have it on the list of either top software sales or top PS4 software sales for August, and it didn't make the top 20 PS4 Store digital sales list for August either, so I'm sure PC didn't sell either. (by comparison, Man of Medan, which released August 30th, made both lists - albeit at at positions 19 and 20 respectively)

I do feel like marketing is part of the reason, as you barely saw any for this game. It's a shame, it's an enjoyable game with an interesting story (one of the few that I finished completely, with all collectibles, etc). I really wanted Remedy to get a huge hit, so maybe we could get a full fledged Alan Wake sequel... guess I'm just going to have to settle for the AW Control DLC instead.

A good portion of the Control install base on PC probably got it as part of the NVidia promotion for new GPUs. That is how I ended up with a copy of the game. I didn't seek out or buy the game directly.
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News Comments > Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Plans

39. Re: Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Plans Aug 5, 2019, 21:12 TheEmissary
Kxmode wrote on Aug 5, 2019, 14:00:
Would you apply those adjectives to exclusive products available on Steam, Origin, Netflix, or Amazon Prime Video though? These are all cases where a company funds all or part of the development of a product in exchange for exclusivity, to establish or grow their ecosystem.

Tim's logic is flawed. Publishers releasing games exclusively on their platforms like EA, Blizzard, Activision, UPlay, Steam, and Epic isn't the issue, and nobody is complaining about that. The main gripe people have is third-party titles going exclusives on EGS. To use Tim's analogy, it would be like Netflix subscribers finding out The Witcher is going to become a CBS All Access exclusive.

I think a better analogy would be a Orville fan finding out that the series is going to be a Hulu exclusive. The show was previously on a freely available over-the-air channel and now is on a service you may not want.
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News Comments > The Outer Worlds Trailer

15. Re: The Outer Worlds Trailer Aug 4, 2019, 12:11 TheEmissary
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 4, 2019, 11:12:
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 4, 2019, 11:06:
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 3, 2019, 15:52:
Pillars III instead of this garbage plz, kthx

I'm trying to figure out how to describe what I'm seeing and it looks like it is a CRPG type game just in first person, if true I like that. I rather play in that perspective than Iso. But I'm unsure if I'm correct. The problem being first is I think we naturally are programmed to think of different game play then we see here, but it looks like CPRG game play in a first person world.

Side note I'm tiring quickly on ISO CRPG's they need to improve. IMO Obsidian needs to really improve on size of maps, load times and RtwP AI. Imo all three are horrendous and make the game a chore with little cohesiveness.

Is this Unity again? One thing I can see is they don't have the best artists/modellers, I see Indies with better art work, that said it can be ok if everything else clicks, we'll see. I can totally see someone not feeling this, it definitely looks like an acquired taste.

It's UE4 believe it or not... and yes, I legit had to google that. Visually it looks MUCH worse than current Unity or UE4.

You could have said the very same thing about any of the 3D Fallout games. The better artwork helps with the immersion but I don't think its going to be that much of a problem after you start investing time in the game.

The game could look no better than New Vegas and I would still play it because I enjoy their take on RPGs.
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News Comments > Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Plans

2. Re: Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Plans Aug 4, 2019, 12:00 TheEmissary
When did Valve buy a third-party game exclusive, because I honestly don't remember a single instance of it. Closest you come to an argument is that They bought out mod teams to build first party games (CS,Team Fortress, Portal, Dota2).

I honestly don't have a problem with first-party platform exclusives but what I take an issue with is 3rd-party exclusive timed or otherwise.
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News Comments > AMD Zen 2 CPU Reviews

33. Re: AMD Zen 2 CPU Reviews Jul 8, 2019, 07:32 TheEmissary
Osc8r wrote on Jul 7, 2019, 21:46:
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 7, 2019, 20:46:
Osc8r wrote on Jul 7, 2019, 19:02:
Hmmm... was honestly hoping for a little bit more.

Same here. The AMD fanbois said that Zen2 would "annihilate" or "curb-stomp" Intel but that hasn't really happened, especially not in gaming.

Now i'm undecided, 3900 or a 9900 with a little overclock. Gaming is pretty much all the PC will do.

Will be paired with a 2800ti and running 3440 widescreen. Aiming to make the PC as silent as possible as well.

If you are buying now then I'd consider AMD. In spite of the beefy 2080Ti, you will be GPU-limited when playing at ultra settings most of the time. The CPU is not that important anyway.

An AMD platform *might* be more future-proof. AMD promised that socket AM4 would last until 2020 so it is possible that Ryzen 4000 CPUs will also work on current boards.
Intel OTOH is definitely end of the road. 9900K + Z390 board = guaranteed dead end.

However, AMD also said at the Zen 2 reveal that it was "challenging" to make Zen 2 compatible with the current socket so maybe they were hinting at the end of the AM4 socket next year. If they introduced a new socket in 2020 it would not even technically be a "lie" because AM4 did last until 2020.

The "silent as possible" part could be problematic with Zen 2. Almost all X570 boards have an active chipset fan. Some are throttling (esp. MSI boards), some aren't.
German site Computerbase claimed that the unthrottled 2500rpm chipset fan on the Asus Crosshair Hero is "inaudible" but I call extreme bullshit on that. It would be the first 2500rpm fan in computing history that is inaudible. They probably had an open setup and weren't in a silent room to begin with.
And let's not even get started with regard to longevity... that 2500rpm fan is likely to turn into a buzz saw in ~2 to 3 years.

I'd say very careful research is advisable, i.e. wait for X570 board reviews and user reviews.
The X570 boards are also expensive as fuck by the way. The Asus Crosshair Hero is 425 while the Intel Z390 equivalent Asus Maximus Hero is "only" 289.

For a silence lover it might make more sense to simply buy a decent X470 board which is much cheaper, too. There shouldn't be any performance loss according to AMD but one might want to wait for X470/Zen 2 reviews to be sure.

Wouldn't mind pcie4 for future proofing, but not sure if it's worth paying more for it?

Nah. Check out this link from the 5700XT reviews:

There was also a test of the m.2 Corsair PCIe 4.0 SSD somewhere around here and it hit new highs in synthetic benchmarks. Real world difference is non-existent though unless you constantly copy large, contiguous files between SSDs for some reason.

Thanks mate, appreciate the input - i keep going back and forth, but as i said, no real hurry so may end up waiting a month or two before pulling the trigger. Who knows, maybe intel will drop their prices in response to actually having some competition for once!

Seems one reviewer bricked their 3900x already just by trying an auto overclock, that and the motherboard fan turned me off, as you mentioned.

On the flip side, i know i'm buying the end of the line with Intel, and i would like a bit of a change.

If i go the AMD route i don't think i'd bother with OC anyway, especially as i want it to be quiet. If i went the 9900 i'd probably put a dark rock pro 4 on there with a minor boost.


Though if i was smart i'd probably just buy the new GPU and monitor then hold off till 2020...

I saw that video review as well. I think it comes down to the fact that even though the cpus have the precision boost overdrive and other automated overclocking its not supported. In a number of a videos AMD straight up tells you it voids your warranty to use it. So it would be nice if reviewers would mention that fact.

The Ryzen X series cpus don't have a whole lot of headroom to overclock.
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News Comments > Steam Ubuntu Support Ending

15. Re: Steam Ubuntu Support Ending Jun 23, 2019, 22:12 TheEmissary
I would imagine the linux community will probably create a compatibility layer or emulation to handle what was lost. Think DosBox or Wine or even VMware.

This problem will be solved sooner or later.
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News Comments > Sunday Patches

3. Re: Skyrim Creation Club Launches with Survival Mode Jun 17, 2019, 03:50 TheEmissary
Kajetan wrote on Jun 17, 2019, 03:14:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 16, 2019, 21:02:
Exploring/modding old games is still fun, but I can't be the only one that remembers trying to replay Wing Commander 1 on a modern PC and having ships moving 89982389238232938 mph and the AI pilots reacting at .00000001 sec ?
Wing Commander on a 386? Perfect!
Wing Commander on a 486? Unplayable
Wing Commander on a 486 with slowed down processor? Still too fast.

I remember the "turbo" button on the PC's during the 486 era. Where it purposely slowed the clock rate to 386 on the fly.

Dosbox at least can fix this issue by targeting how many cpu cycles you want. Not sure why developers at the time thought it was a good idea to optimize the game around the exact timing of the cpu. Even now we still see issues like this cropping up with certain games where the physics breaks down with framerates over 30.
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2019, Part 8

7. Re: It Came from E3 2019, Part 8 Jun 16, 2019, 22:33 TheEmissary
I think in about five to ten years there will probably be enough hardware support for real-time raytracing for game developers to take it seriously. It has the potential to be what transform and Lighting were for the first gpus or when they broke away from the fixed render pipeline.  
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News Comments > Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II

16. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 08:01 TheEmissary
This is like the second attempt to make a StarCraft FPS I think they should give up that idea.

I do however think that they could make an RPG (not an mmo) out of the StarCraft universe. The lore of the game is pretty interesting and would be cool to see from a different perspective.
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News Comments > Op Ed

17. Re: Op Ed Jun 5, 2019, 07:49 TheEmissary
Valve has always been a studio that takes forever to publish new games. Did everyone just forget how long it took for even Half-Life 2 or Team Fortress 2 to be published. I am sure they are working on new games but being a privately owned LLC they don't have to tell us anything like a publicly owned corporation.  
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News Comments > etc.

5. Re: etc. May 23, 2019, 17:19 TheEmissary
jacobvandy wrote on May 23, 2019, 15:26:
I wouldn't be surprised if not disclosing EGS figures is in the terms of their bribe exclusivity contract.

IF the publisher/Developer Studio is a public company they have to disclose this information eventually in a quarter earnings report.

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News Comments > Ghost Recon Breakpoint an Epic Games Store Exclusive

8. Re: Ghost Recon Breakpoint an Epic Games Store Exclusive May 10, 2019, 11:19 TheEmissary
aka_STEVE wrote on May 10, 2019, 11:05:
another big name exclusive for EPIC and not a word yet from " He who is on most High Gabe "..

Anything Valve could say would get twisted and taken out of context. Epic would likely cry foul and use it evidence that they are trying to squash the "underdog" or however EPIC views itself.

Its easier for Valve to just let their work and past history stand for itself at the moment.
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News Comments > Anthem Patched; Further Act 1 Changes Delayed

6. Re: Anthem Patched; Further Act 1 Changes Delayed Apr 23, 2019, 21:05 TheEmissary
I hope before they unlock the raids that they add a character stat sheet. Currently its next to impossible to figure out your damage output. The game doesn't really explain how the combo system works as well.  
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News Comments > Anno 1800 Becoming an Epic Games Store Exclusive

3. Re: Anno 1800 Becoming an Epic Games Store Exclusive Mar 29, 2019, 22:54 TheEmissary
This kind of bait and switch or flip/flop nonsense needs to stop. Pick a platform and stick with it.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews

16. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 23, 2019, 10:33 TheEmissary
Mordhaus wrote on Mar 23, 2019, 03:10:
jamiedj99 wrote on Mar 23, 2019, 02:19:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 22, 2019, 21:49:
jamiedj99 wrote on Mar 22, 2019, 20:46:
no need for links just exit the program and run your game from the short cut not sure how I can dummy it down for you. I don't have Epic Store Run in the background while I play games sold in the Epic Store. Second Be self-informed you have heard of a google search before asking a stupid question. So in the end that my final answer Bob!

Just tested this with two of the free games I got from Epic. You are wrong. Maybe do your own test before telling people to do a Google search and looking stupid.

did you do a google search to be informed on how to do it properly or did you just bumble-"F" your way through it?

How about you do some research and find out that even if you close the service, it pulls a epic (snerk) fuckton of info each time it is force started to launch a game?

That is the same shit the Origin client did before people called them on it. Maybe instead of shilling or fanboi-ing for epic, you can help them by calling them out on their bullshit?

The simple fact is that right now they are more concerned about gaining market share than doing the right thing. If you are all into that, good for you, but don't get your panties in a wad if some of us don't like it. Especially since epic and sweeney have some shady ties to totalitarian governments to be concerned with too.

Its also 2019 and most people are now sensitive to what applications are doing behind their backs. Just because Origin might have done it nearly a decade ago doesn't make it right.

The fact they went around a valid api method and scrapped data directly from a private file from another application says lot about what kind of company they are. The way they went about this disrespects the consumer.
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News Comments > More Epic Games Store Exclusives Include PC Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human

39. Re: More Epic Games Store Exclusives Include PC Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Bec Mar 20, 2019, 23:37 TheEmissary
I would rather buy games from any other launcher but EPIC at the moment. I just don't like how they are approaching competition.

I have zero issues with buying games from,origin,GOG, or even the Windows Store. I don't object first party exclusives. Its bait the switch or pulled exclusives that are annoying me.

I'll buy Outer Worlds on the Windows store. I don't really feel like funding Epic with this attitude.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits

8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 27, 2019, 08:17 TheEmissary
I still can't believe the group that governs USB spec allowed all this confusion in the first place.The technology behind the new USB version is sound but the branding of it horrible. I think at this point with manufacturers not following the spec or crappy cabling they should just start fresh.

BTW, I agree USB should be treated like how SATA is marketed by the speed.
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