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Signed On Feb 25, 2010, 02:54
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News Comments > Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup Jul 2, 2016, 13:45 TheEmissary
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 2, 2016, 12:23:
Thanks Star Citizen!

Star Citizen didn't cause the drop off in pledges. It has more to do with the negative trands that range anywhere from projects just ending with no deliverable,countless delays, releasing as a buggy mess, or a scam. Recently you had a couple kickstarter projects that failed and just closed shop without so much as a word to the backers. Another project lowballed the required. The list goes on. The confidence in Kickstarter has been shattered.

 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Console Mod Theft Protection
8. Re: Fallout 4 Console Mod Theft Protection Jun 19, 2016, 13:14 TheEmissary
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 19, 2016, 13:05:
TheEmissary wrote on Jun 19, 2016, 12:54:
In the long run they are probably going to need a content ID match system that compares the file hashes. They should also have a way to flag if a mod is suitable for release on the console yet. It would also be nice if they had a way to declare the license your releasing the mod under and the sub-license/acknowledgment for the mods your extending.

It can be surmised that no major mod currently in existence is compatible with the PS4 though

Also nowhere in this news do they say that they implement punishments for mod theft.... so wtf is this news? Placebo?

Linking the Steam Account to the Bethesda.net was one of the basic things the Mod developers wanted. Yes it doesn't stop the first theft but it helps deter them from using the game to publish anymore mods if caught. Real anti-theft is going to take some real thought and effort.

This comment was edited on Jun 19, 2016, 13:20.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Console Mod Theft Protection
5. Re: Fallout 4 Console Mod Theft Protection Jun 19, 2016, 12:54 TheEmissary
 
In the long run they are probably going to need a content ID match system that compares the file hashes. They should also have a way to flag if a mod is suitable for release on the console yet. It would also be nice if they had a way to declare the license your releasing the mod under and the sub-license/acknowledgment for the mods your extending.  
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News Comments > WoW Increasing Draw Distances
2. Re: WoW Increasing Draw Distances Jun 5, 2016, 13:42 TheEmissary
 
ZandarKoad wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 13:15:
"Well you see, we just turned the Graphics Level up to 11."

How long do you think its going to before people raid the forums to complain about losing frames?

To be honest I would rather that they increased the terrain and model complexity than just extending the view distance.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jun 5, 2016, 13:14 TheEmissary
 
I wouldn't say that the Steam machine concept is dead. It sparked or reenergized the linux gaming scene just by its presence. That alone makes it worth it in my book. You went from having dubious drivers and barely a handful of ports to a thousand or so games in about three years.

Its a very public experiment that may or may not bear fruit. I think eventually once Vulkan matures and they can find a price parity with the current generation consoles they will find a niche. Even if it doesn't the OS valve developed is still a useful development target for linux games to test against.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
22. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 3, 2016, 17:41 TheEmissary
 
Dacron wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 17:13:
I only ditched Win XP in 2012 for Win7 and only because it came with a rig. I don't like to change from a good, working OS.

Got Win10 in 2015, and it is much better than Win7. A few things to get use to (that you can actually re-enable if you want a more old school vibe), but once you learn the few changes that make a big difference, it's a vast improvement over Win7.

You can stick with any OS until the hardware fails. I see plenty of non-networked XP machines still used as work machines. If it works for your use case then you don't necessarily need to upgrade. If you don't plan on running anything more taxing than what you are now then stick with it. Sooner or later if your a gamer you will have to upgrade to a current OS.

Once you factor in that hardware manufacturers are really only supporting a few recent Operating Systems and game developers are targeting the most recent DX version there really isn't that much choice.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 1, 2016, 19:38 TheEmissary
 
Pigeon wrote on Jun 1, 2016, 09:59:
Samsung makes some great looking TVs (if you get one actually produced by samsung), but their business practices with their smart tvs has been shady as hell. I'm pretty sure my next TV will just be a regular TV that I hook up a Roku or something to.

Samsung has been baking ads in to the SMART TVs for a while now. Out of the box Samsung has ads that will just popup over-top of the content outside of the smart hub (Push notifications). Luckily you can turn off the really annoying parts of it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation May 27, 2016, 08:13 TheEmissary
 
These incremental releases are really going to mess with the less savvy consumers. You have some parents that barely know anything about the console let alone know the difference between the SKUS. You saw the confusion that happened between the Wii and Wii U with older consumers.

I can't help but wonder if most gamers are going to ignore the first SKU of a generation and go for a mid-cycle console. I don't know too many console consumers that want to upgrade their console every year. At best you might see consumers skipping every other or every two new consoles. Lets see how the trade policies are going to work for this.
 
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News Comments > Dota 2 Beta Adds Vulkan Support
7. Re: Dota 2 Beta Adds Vulkan Support May 25, 2016, 08:11 TheEmissary
 
Slick wrote on May 24, 2016, 17:20:
Burrito of Peace wrote on May 24, 2016, 16:30:
ForgedReality wrote on May 24, 2016, 13:30:
Anyway, this isn't about performance, this is about getting away from the reliance on Microsoft and DX, which is never a bad thing, imo.

Quoted for truth.

The only thing keeping a Windows install around on my machine is to play games. If Vulkan takes off and developers use it for the games I would like to play, then I can get rid of Windows entirely.

Well, not really. Whatever the ancillary reasons may be (we know Valvue has a raging hate-on for M$) Mobas are actually very CPU-intensive games. Just like an RTS, the graphic card isn't the limiting factor, it's the CPU computational needs of 300 units on-screen at once. So yeah, something like Vulkan or DX12 would probably benefit these genres more than just about any other genres I can think of...

I don't see what Valve is doing as blind hatred of Microsoft. If anything they are trying to position themselves to survive the next transition PC is going to make. Majority of the computing devices sold in the last five of so years have been from mobile devices with walled gardens. Windows could have easily gone that way for Windows 10 and it still could if the Win32 api no longer gets support (modern compilers/etc).
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation May 18, 2016, 10:08 TheEmissary
 
If you read the article you would know that this isn't about the content of the review but how Metacritic assigned the 40/100 score. It scanned the review looking for certain words and weighted it as a 40/100 review for what ever reason. The actual review never gave a score at all. This is where the outrage is coming from.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 18, 2016, 09:46 TheEmissary
 
jdreyer wrote on May 17, 2016, 20:20:
TheEmissary wrote on May 17, 2016, 19:20:
To be honest I would love to see more desktop CPU vendors out there. We need the healthy competition that brings and to avoid the stagnation that is happening now. Considering only a handful of companies hold a x86 license it isn't likely to happen soon. On the mobile side of things you are seeing ARM processors in practically everything designed by different companies.

I think at the end of the today what did AMD did in was the ATI purchase.
Nah. They wouldn't be competitive with Intel even if they hadn't bought ATI.

We've heard before how AMD would beat Intel. Remember bulldozer? I'm not clicking on the article. I assume that it's clickbait.

AMD before the purchase was able to trade blows fairly regularly with Intel. Ever since the 486 days they had processors that were either just as fast or slightly better and during the early 2000's they had the Athlon series that smoked the Pentium 4's at the time. Then they got complacent and focused on the ATI merger and got totally blind sided by the Intel Core/i7 series.

Think about this AMD is worth less now than what they paid for ATI at the time. They had to split their research budget between the CPU and GPU divisions, which probably explains why they want to merge the two in the long term. They are being outspent by practically all their competitors including NVidia and Intel. The purchase didn't do them any favors.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup
58. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Roundup May 17, 2016, 20:44 TheEmissary
 
Overon wrote on May 17, 2016, 17:23:
I don't get it why these niche high end graphics cards get so much press. Look at the Steam hardware surveys. Like 2% of Steam users actually have these super high end graphics card. The vast majority have midrange ones. I understand that these high end cards are profitable. But I wonder if midrange cards could make up for the low profitability by selling in high volume?

Anyway what I'm trying to say is who cares about a $700 card? So few people actually buy one yet everyone loses their shit when some new card is announced. I prefer the price/performance ratio as an indicator of what card to buy.

The average consumer may not care but a gaming or tech enthusiast will care because it is their hobby. People get excited about the potential the increased performance will bring. Strong cards like this also tends to push the competitor cards down in a price as well. The highend and lowend stands to gain.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 17, 2016, 19:20 TheEmissary
 
To be honest I would love to see more desktop CPU vendors out there. We need the healthy competition that brings and to avoid the stagnation that is happening now. Considering only a handful of companies hold a x86 license it isn't likely to happen soon. On the mobile side of things you are seeing ARM processors in practically everything designed by different companies.

I think at the end of the today what did AMD did in was the ATI purchase.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2016, 19:24 TheEmissary
 
Quboid wrote on May 8, 2016, 19:11:
TheEmissary wrote on May 8, 2016, 18:48:
vilify any one that plays video games.

I have never felt that criticism of badly behaved gamers applied to me and I still find it rather bizarre how personally some people take this. I didn't even realise at first that people were taking "gamers are dead" to refer to all gamers; I thought and still think that this was just lousy writing, and a persecution complex (or guilt) leading to offense being taken.

If it was one site making that claim sure I wouldn't have given it more than a passing thought. The thing is you had a number of sites around the same time making these stereotypes. If it didn't get parroted around or morph in to other attacks I wouldn't care as much. I don't know maybe I am just tired of being called a pirate, entitled, or a misogynist without cause.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2016, 18:48 TheEmissary
 
In the last decade or so I haven't really seen that big of uptick in trolling or toxic gamers. What I have seen increase is the number of people getting offended by who knows what. Practically any forum on any topic is going to have its bad apples from time to time but that doesn't mean the whole bushel is rotten.

It is getting quite annoying that the games media is continuing to invent new ways to vilify any one that plays video games.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 1000 Series Announced
58. Re: NVIDIA GTX 1000 Series Announced May 8, 2016, 13:11 TheEmissary
 
Outside of pushing 4K and VR is there really any major demand to upgrade to these cards yet. The currently available cards are able to push DX12/Vulkan and most games to 60+fps. I want to upgrade but I keep weighting the cost of the upgrade verses the little gains I would get.

Right now I am pretty much on the same system I built in 2011 with the exception of adding a SSD and upgrading to a GTX 970 from a GTX580. The CPU side of things isn't looking all that great with 5-10% increases between generations which means my i7 2600k is still holding its own. I want a compelling reason to upgrade the full system but as of right now I am not seeing it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 29, 2016, 12:42 TheEmissary
 
descender wrote on Apr 29, 2016, 12:33:
Wouldn't that soundcard (obviously a new one) just have it's own USB-C connector on it? That's all those USB headsets are anyway... software based soundcards... so it would just mean that the discrete cards would have to adopt the new connector.

Audiophiles and gamers that want higher quality sound are forced in to using either optical for surround and 3.5mm for the headset. Most if not all of the USB headsets use extremely cheap Digital-Analog-converters (DAC). The USB headsets are really just a cheap external soundcard and when in use the internal discrete soundcard is doing nothing.

If you want to have more control over the sound mixing or just higher quality sound in general USB isn't the way to go right now. If they could solve the DAC and audio passthrough from the internal soundcard then maybe this could be a good thing. If its the same situation as what we have now with just a different connector then no.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 29, 2016, 12:13 TheEmissary
 
There is a reason why the 3.5mm has stayed around on the PC. One you can just buy any off the shelf headset and have it work with a number of devices. Another reason is its needed if you want to use an internal discrete soundcard. If they want obsolete 3.5mm then they need to find a solution for the audio passthrough over USB from what ever soundcard/processor your using.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 15, 2016, 14:16 TheEmissary
 
I can't understand at all why VR headsets get a free pass for vendor lock-in and walled ecosystem. This really makes me not want to buy a Oculus at all.

Oculus this isn't a hack any more than the libraries that do the same with DX/OGL apis. Sigh I am not going to bother until VR gets rolled in to the next iteration of DX or Vulkan or OGL.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: etc., etc. Apr 4, 2016, 23:04 TheEmissary
 
Saboth wrote on Apr 4, 2016, 22:48:
"The video was an unauthorized use of our IP. We do not support our assets being used in political campaigns. Surely EA is familiar with fair use and parody laws being *really* strong. I guess they are just hoping ignorance and fear are enough to scare away people.

Is it really a parody or just a commercial using Mass Effect as the backdrop. I think its the context as to why EA is going after this particular video. They aren't exactly going after the countless EA parodies of trailers or gameplay footage.
 
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