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News Comments > Sea of Thieves System Requirements
15. Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 13:38 TheEmissary
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
That's a nice grid to lay it all out.

540P though? That's a number born from, who the hell knows.


Laptops especially on the low to med end of the spectrum still use resolutions like 1366 vs 768. That resolution might be closer to 720p than 540p but we are forgetting about the sad state the integrated graphics are in. Factor in Interlacing also who knows.

Take a look at the benchmarks for the iGPU they recommend for 540p.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Graphics-540.149939.0.html

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News Comments > EA Gaming Patents
7. Re: EA Gaming Patents Jan 9, 2018, 11:22 TheEmissary
 
It still baffles me to no end that statements so vague/generic and generally lacking any specifics can be patented. I don't really think you should be able to patent concepts like that especially ones already in use. Now if they had a specific algorithmic solution that would be a different story. Now they just added to the legal minefield that is software development.

Just off the top of my head a game that already does what this patent claims like Forza Horizon 2 (Drivatars). OR what about games like Left4Dead which has a director that controls the follow of the game. Plenty of other games watch player performance alter either the AI of the enemies, health pools, spawn rates,accuracy and so on.

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News Comments > Nexon Cutting LawBreakers Losses; Blames PUBG
22. Re: Nexon Cutting LawBreaker Losses; Blames PUBG Jan 3, 2018, 14:00 TheEmissary
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 13:44:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 13:30:
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 10:06:
TheEmissary wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 09:56:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 09:38:
Always spread the blame.

How does PUBG's success have anything to do with LawBreakers failure. They are two totally unrelated sub-genres. Games that are sort of similar to it like Overwatch are still thriving. The problem is that the game just didn't seem all that interesting or original.

In part, anyone that was open to trying a new competitive FPS in that time period was playing PUBG.

But yeah, I'd say Overwatch is a more direct competitor, and Lawbreakers just did nothing to attract those players. Overwatch obviously had a much larger budget, particularly for marketing, but it built something of a world with distinct characters and spent a lot of time advertising those characters. Lawbreakers had characters, but that's about as much as you can say about them - they exist. I get that it wanted to be more streamlined and about the gameplay, but there was already something out there brighter and sparklier and without a large amount of people complaining about flaws that Lawbreakers was seeking to correct.

Yup, those marketing shorts achieved the impossible: they gave life to the characters in an online-only arena shooter. Compared to Mei, Winston, and Tracer, the Lawbreakers characters are cardboard cutouts. Hell, I hate online arena shooters, and even I wanted to buy Overwatch (I didn't though).

Also, they had a year head start.

Right? I love CS but hate anything with a high learning curve online. I don't play enough to get particularly good, and I like feeling like a god in a game these days (as I do right now in Wolfenstein 2.) But Overwatch had me somewhat interested.

However, I often see .gifs on reddit of Overwatch, with a caption like "I'm so sneaky, look what I did!" and then I watch the gif and have no clue what I'm looking at. No clue why it was impressive. No clue all the stuff going on or why. For just an arena shooter, it's weirdly incoherent in 20 second clips to someone who spent literal years of his life playing arena shooters in the late 90s. This isn't a complaint or criticism - I'm impressed they did something so drastically different that I have no clue what I'm looking at. Few games do that to me, especially in genres I know well.

I kind of feel the same way when I watch a MOBA match out of context. If you don't watch the entire thing or know what all the hero abilities do its pretty difficult to follow. I suppose its no different than some one watching a sports match for the first time. You need some familiarity with it prior.
 
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News Comments > Nexon Cutting LawBreakers Losses; Blames PUBG
2. Re: Nexon Cutting LawBreaker Losses; Blames PUBG Jan 3, 2018, 09:56 TheEmissary
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 09:38:
Always spread the blame.

How does PUBG's success have anything to do with LawBreakers failure. They are two totally unrelated sub-genres. Games that are sort of similar to it like Overwatch are still thriving. The problem is that the game just didn't seem all that interesting or original.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
3. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 3, 2018, 09:42 TheEmissary
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 09:34:
This guy does not get it, it is a fad which will be replaced with something else. The chances that this game continues with it's top ranking are almost zip.

Pretty much. PUBG is pretty much a slight innovation on games that were in early access or mods for years. Its just the first game to be stable enough and hit at the right time with the youtube/marketing influencers. It could have just as easily been DayZ or H1Z1:king of the hill or any other game like it.

If anything we are going to see a ton of Battle Royale games from both indie and major publishers. All the while who knows what the next hit will be with the YT crowd.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2017, 20:40 TheEmissary
 
Pigeon wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 13:04:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 19, 2017, 11:24:
Whatever you do, don't watch 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in 3D.

This x 1000.

Whatever else you can say about the movie, it's gorgeous in 2D.

Yeah saw it in 2D had no desire to spend more to see a lower picture quality film. I did watch TFA in 3D when it came out, I will acquiesce that the lightsaber fight in the snowy forest was amazing with the 3D... everything else was garbage though.

It really depends on the quality of the theater. It really comes down to whether the theater is able to compensate for the dimming that happens when they polarize the frames. This is really a "your mileage may vary" type of situation. I saw the film in 3D in a theater that did a ton of upgrades to the screen/seats/etc and it was good experience.
 
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News Comments > Bossa Studios Making AI Push
9. Re: Bossa Studios Making AI Push Dec 4, 2017, 18:04 TheEmissary
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 15:19:
I suspect that game AI companies will be like game engine companies: they'll develop interactive plug and play AI that can be configured for any game type. This will be a huge boon to immersive gaming.

Imagine a flight sim where you talk with the tower and other aircraft in real time and they respond intelligently and contextually. Or being a platoon leader in ArmA and giving orders to soldiers verbally while the give you real time sitreps so you can plan tactics to complete a mission. The possibilities are endless.

StarTrek Bridge Crew I think used the Watson API to handle the voice interaction with the game. It would be extremely cool to see games with less canned responses and handling input a bit like a human mode.
 
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News Comments > Windows 10 Adds TruePlay Anti-Cheat Software
14. Re: Windows 10 Adds TruePlay Anti-Cheat Software Oct 21, 2017, 11:30 TheEmissary
 
LurkerLito wrote on Oct 21, 2017, 09:50:
I wouldn't trust this or UWP at all after GFWL. Seriously, any dev using those things needs to be boycotted and have their head examined for deciding to use it. It's now a real pain in the ass to get some GFWL dependent games to run. Some of the fixes required to download GFWL and install it but the ones available fail to install on Win 10 and a supposed working version that use to be available from MS has been removed so you can't even get it anymore officially. I just tried and installed an older GFWL enabled game last weekend on my new rig. I had to go find a unofficial GFWL dll file so I could just get the game to run again in single player mode. FUCK any solution from MS IMHO they'll abandon it in a few years and screw over any chance of playing those games you bought due to dependencies and not give you any kind of official way to make it work in their next forced Win 10 update that will break things.

Those problems can happen with any type of game that depends on a library or service that is no longer supported. You have plenty of games that are broken because DRM servers no longer authenticate the game keys. Or you have situations like the gamespy where the matchmaking/master servers were shutdown. EA tends to shutdown MP components of its sports titles all the time.

The TruePlay api is baked in to the OS where as GFWL was a client application on top. At the very least see how its implemented before ranting about it. If the service is shutdown there is nothing stopping the game developers from patching out the anti-cheat to use something else. Just as plenty of game developers patched out GFWL to use SteamWorks.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Day One Issues Outlined
14. Re: Destiny 2 Day One Issues Outlined Oct 20, 2017, 12:10 TheEmissary
 
necrosis wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 10:31:
Creston wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 10:07:
It seems like a big list, but most of them are small issues for pretty niche setups.

This one, however Closing Application: When closing Destiny 2 on PC, players must close the application via mouse input. Controllers cannot select the in-game button to close the Destiny 2 application. is just freaking nuts.
Who the hell is using a controller in a FPS game on PC?

Its perfectly fine for PVE stuff, now the PvP (crucible/iron banner) use the mouse. You never know how people have their PC setup. It could be a HTPC under TV for all you know. Either way its a option you can choose to use or not.
 
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News Comments > Fortnite Patch Breaks DX10
4. Re: Fortnite Patch Breaks DX10 Oct 9, 2017, 02:23 TheEmissary
 
HoSpanky wrote on Oct 7, 2017, 17:24:
Spektr wrote on Oct 7, 2017, 16:40:
I wonder what is to happen to people buying the game now and running it on previous systems when they stop support...

Im betting they complain on the message boards and get nowhere. Epic’s official answer will likely be “upgrade from Windows Vista, you moron”.

Vista has DirectX 11 support oddly enough. So that alone wouldn't drop support. There is no point in supporting it because its EOL. If they were going to DX12 they would lose all the holdouts that didn't upgrade to Windows 10.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Sep 29, 2017, 10:56 TheEmissary
 
These are essentially XP boosters. They just aren't called that. Most games with Loot crates give you tokens to increase your XP or boost your currency. Not saying its right I am just saying its not out of the norm.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 23, 2017, 09:53 TheEmissary
 
Going multi-core kind of requires you do rethink your entire design from the ground up. That includes making sure all the libraries and api's your linking to are thread-aware or thread-safe as well. Lot of legacy libraries aren't and they still make their way in to modern code bases.

Like you said the easy stuff to multi-thread would be the network, sound, Input polling, and AI. It might be possible to send some aspects of the simulation that doesn't require low latency to other cores. It really depends on how independent the other simulations in the game can be and how they pass information.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 18, 2017, 17:26 TheEmissary
 
I am already subscribed to Netflix and Hulu and I really don't want to have to subscribe to another network for just one show. I am debating just binge-subscribing for a month at the end of the season. I am not a fan of the weekly releases just to prolong a subscription.  
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News Comments > Windows 10 Game Mode Update Next Month
29. Re: Windows 10 Game Mode Update Next Month Sep 4, 2017, 13:10 TheEmissary
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 4, 2017, 08:04:
Ozmodan wrote on Sep 3, 2017, 17:39:

Well the PS4 Pro can't do true 4k, it just upscales and with the Xbox I get a real 4k dvd reader. I have yet to see a PS4 exclusive I want to play either. I have the Xbox on order.

The Xbox has like 3 exclusives this year and one of them is called Super Lucky's Tale. A Microsoft backed console that puts more ads on the UI with every update and has the shittiest store ever. The Switch and PS4 have actual exclusives. I think exclusives are fucking annoying but if you want to get a console, why get the one that is handily losing this generation and has shit all for software?

So have fun playing Minecraft in 4k on the new Xbox.

I really depends on the types of games and community of players. Exclusive wise this year wasn't the best for either console. Most of the real heavy hitters were delayed to next year.

On the PS4 the only exclusive games I bought this year were Horizon Zero Dawn, Crash Bandicoot, and Uncharted Lost Legacy. On the Xbox One exclusive I bought was Halo Wars 2.
 
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News Comments > MS Open to More Cross-Play with Other Platforms
12. Re: MS Open to More Cross-Play with Other Platforms Aug 31, 2017, 08:15 TheEmissary
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 30, 2017, 12:47:
Jivaro wrote on Aug 30, 2017, 11:47:
MS can't seriously be confused as to why Nintendo or Sony wouldn't be all that likely to do it right? I mean, Nintendo or Sony might crossplay with PC but that is something else entirely.

I guess weirder things have happened in the last year or so...I am not going to hold my breath though.

Yeah I find this baffling, you'd think the source of such a initiative would come from actual multi-platform publishers or digital stores, but from MS it screams dishonesty. And it's not like Sony makes all PS4 games, nor does MS make all xbox games, this needs to be an initiative and decision coming from the actual developers.

And Steam has absolutely no reason to allow crossplay either when you think about it Why would Steam reward buyers on competing platforms? Not to mention the issues this would lead to (same balance for games on different platforms, control issues, patches would need to be perfectly synced.. pc specific issues would likely never get patched.. etc.

Steam has already done Cross-Play between the PC and PS3 for Portal 2. So I think they would be all for it if allowed to do it.
 
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News Comments > MS Open to More Cross-Play with Other Platforms
11. Re: MS Open to More Cross-Play with Other Platforms Aug 31, 2017, 08:10 TheEmissary
 
It really should be the developers or the publishers responsible for creating the games/software that are the ones to decide if its cross-platform or not.

Wouldn't you think that some game developers would want to avoid splitting player bases. I am sure games like TitanFall2 and Lawbreakers would have benefited quite a bit from this. Multiplayer games live and die by the size of the their playerbase.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 16, 2017, 10:36 TheEmissary
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 15, 2017, 19:47:
The judge erred and MS will win this on appeal, wait and see. His analogy is flawed because businesses are, legally, quasi-public spaces. They can refuse admittance and service whenever they so choose. And if you persist in trying to enter or further harass said business at this point you'll end up with trespass and/or harassment charge and injunction that you have to stay away from said business/property.

It should always be a situation of 'my house, my rules'. Don't like it? Fine, take your business someplace else but you don't have the right to come into my place and steal my stuff when you've been barred explicitly. They shouldn't have to go extreme measures to ensure this. It would be akin to the police not doing their job and telling the store owner to put in an expensive security system and hire security personnel for the express purpose of doing what the police are already well paid to do. That dog just won't hunt.

They really need to find better terminology to define cybercrime. You can't keep lumping everyone in to the hacker category and doing so does a disservice.

Instead of treating it as hacking, Couldn't they treat the information as copyrighted material and then invoke the DMCA.
 
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News Comments > Take-Two Interactive Results
1. Re: Take-Two Interactive Results Aug 3, 2017, 10:22 TheEmissary
 
I am pretty sure that RDR 2 is going to be ported to PC. No doubt it will be announced a couple months after the console launch of RDR2 and then released another 6-8 months after like usual.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 21, 2017, 19:21 TheEmissary
 
I am not a fan of another streaming service with limited title. I don't like that even Star Trek Discovery is going on CBS All access instead of netflix or hulu. I am already subbed to Netflix and Hulu and that is enough at the moment.

As far what they could with a StarGate prequel. In the show they say they never found the original Dial-Home-Device (DHD). They could base the show around having a team stumble on it and somehow got the gate working the show could be about an incident that caused them to destroy/hide it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 20, 2017, 20:21 TheEmissary
 
Its the software that wins the hardware wars. You can have the best hardware around but if there is no software/content for it then its next to useless. How Bluray end up winning as the HD optical disc format was getting enough media companies to distribute using that format.

I think the HDR wars will sort themselves out eventually when most of the displays are true 10bit per channel or 30bit Color (1.07 Billion Colors). HDR then could be adjusted through the TVs post processing. Or it could be like Audio encoding standards (dolby/dts) where every device now supports the main ones.

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