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Signed On Feb 20, 2011, 16:53
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News Comments > NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins
45. Re: NVIDIA on GFE Mandatory Logins Jan 19, 2017, 14:07 Mordecai Walfish
 
I was originally pretty upset about this because it meant that one of the integral features of my GPU, Shadowplay, could not be used without having an active internet connection and that was a change from when I initially bought the card.

They've since updated it so that Shadowplay works without an internet connection, just as long as you've logged in to GFE once before, it will function just fine without an internet connection, so it's not that big a deal anymore IMO. It's one of those things where I logged in once and ever since then haven't been bothered by it or given two shits about any of this. I don't use it for driver updates or game optimization or any of the other crap it does, all that is disabled on mine, so it's just for Shadowplay. I didn't connect it to facebook or anything like that, just sign up with your spam e-mail account and it's smooth sailing after that. I'd still prefer not to, but it's really not that big a deal.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Event and PTR Plans
2. Re: Overwatch Event and PTR Plans Jan 19, 2017, 13:14 Mordecai Walfish
 
theglaze wrote on Jan 19, 2017, 12:13:
"...and offers no player rewards."

Pardon?

Loot boxes still drop, any items unlocked in PTR are saved to the regular game.

Maybe he means competitive rank and that point system?

I though the inventories are separate? I have different stuff in both.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 17, 2017, 02:00 Mordecai Walfish
 
The launch lineup isnt as strong as say the SNES was, but it is still impressive. I would pick up BotW and Bomberman out of that group, personally.

Digital foundry did a hands-on with the Switch yesterday and it seemed overall favorable. It's basically $300 for Nintendo's latest handheld system, with the ability to dock it to a television, and the added benefit of having all production teams who used to be spread out between the gameboy and the home consoles, finally working together on a single platform.

DF video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0lyvgeJJw0
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 16, 2017, 16:47 Mordecai Walfish
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 16, 2017, 16:00:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 16, 2017, 10:49:
[8 men (yes, all of them MEN) have more wealth than combined 3.6 billion, those 8 sure are very equal among themselves...

And yet people keep buying their products and/or services.

That's a very easy finger to point, but the reality of the matter is hardly that simple. Branding and marketing have made it so 99% of people have no fucking clue who really is profiting from a purchase, and even when you do know a fact or two about the lineage of a product, this can all change overnight with little to no news of the subject unless you're scouring niche forums/forum groups and largely conspiratorial news outlets and websites for information. Then there's the clusterfuck of advertisements now geared to make people think that the AD is a part of the source medium, and things are more confusing than ever for anyone who aspires to be an "informed consumer" because less people than ever will agree as to what sources for this information should be trusted in the first place.


Relevant piece to this conversation, from one of George Carlin's last stand-up specials:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLW1vFO-2Q

Sends shivers up my spine seeing this now, as the working class "joe the plumbers" out there just got done electing someone from the 0.1% into the highest office in the country (some would say the world).

If the average person in this country isn't informed enough to vote in their own interest, what makes you think that joe middle class would know a damn thing about what his dollars are supporting with the purchases that he makes?
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: Amiga Story Part 2 (The 90s) - Nostalgia Nerd Jan 16, 2017, 12:35 Mordecai Walfish
 
Regarding recent Amiga retrospectives and documentaries, I saw a couple cool ones recently:

From Bedrooms to Billions (more about the start to home computer/video gaming and development, and its progression, but has a good sized section about the Amiga)

From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years (sequel to the above, 2+hrs about the Amiga's heritage and history)

Viva Amiga (just came out a week ago, similar to the above)


Other computer/gaming nostalgia-docs to check out:

BBS: The Documentary

Get Lamp (about text adventures)


I really enjoyed watching all of these, brought back a bunch of fond memories, learned some new stuff, and put some things into perspective.
 
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News Comments > DiRT Showdown for Free
15. Re: DiRT Showdown for Free Jan 13, 2017, 06:28 Mordecai Walfish
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 13, 2017, 04:51:
Free is good.

The actual game, however, is not.

There isn't a mode in this turd that isn't done better in GTA V.. but it does look awful purdy whilst blowing so many goats. I guess that retarded gymkhana crap isn't in GTA V, so if that's your bag for some reason, here's your game.

Codemasters is also known for their excellent driving peripheral compatibility, so if you happen to have a setup like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NMMEMiozkU , the game is probably far more enjoyable.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
17. Re: Into the Black Jan 12, 2017, 18:19 Mordecai Walfish
 
Dacote wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 11:44:
Quboid wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 10:37:
Beamer wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 10:27:
Quboid wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 21:49:

My SSD didn't fit under the mobo. Have you had a problem with that? Either my OCZ SSD is a millimetre too wide or the slots are too narrow. I'm not going to run out of drive slots but that's an odd one.

You mean behind the mobo, right? Open the other panel and there are two SSD holders?

Yes.
I had the same issue on a build with the R5.
The SSD mounts on top of the removable SSD holder that is located on the back of the motherboard plate, not underneath the SSD holder (or beneath it).
I came real close to mangling the fudge out of the holder until I figured it out.

I don't think they could have picked a worse place for those. They are subject to all the heat coming off of the hottest part of the motherboard with little to no airflow back there. I ran mine in that configuration after getting the case and saw as I was monitoring the temps that they were getting hotter than my 7200rpm HDDS. They mount easily to the sliding hdd trays and stay nice and cool in the rack there behind the fans, by my testing ~10c cooler.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black Jan 11, 2017, 23:40 Mordecai Walfish
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 22:36:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 22:02:
Quboid wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 21:49:

My SSD didn't fit under the mobo. Have you had a problem with that? Either my OCZ SSD is a millimetre too wide or the slots are too narrow. I'm not going to run out of drive slots but that's an odd one.

Put your SSD in one of the drive bays so the front fan(s) are blowing on it. It will stay cooler than the behind the motherboard mounting, by almost 10c. It's still well within operating range for most SSD's, but cooler components are happier (and usually longer lasting) components.

Good point. It also means one less power cable from the PSU, as it uses the same one as my two hard drives (I love PSUs with detachable cables!).

Is there anywhere you recommend adding fans? I'm thinking another intake on the front below the existing one and an output on the top. I don't think any is necessary at present but if I do overclocking I would like more. Does any 3-pin fan work with the fan speed switch, or does it need to have PWM?

I would recommend just getting a 2nd good quality fan for the front, and skip putting any fans in the top. You will hear considerably more sound from your PC if you take the top cover off to put a fan there, and it will not really cool much better (maybe 1c max), and can even disrupt the front-to-back airflow tunnel that you create with the front and back fans by adding upward pressure into the mix. a 2nd front fan is what is recommended most with these cases for improved airflow. Also, concerning noise levels, the model without the window on the side is not only cheaper but quieter. A single back fan is quite sufficient for removing the hot air in a setup with dual front fans in that case, no need really for a top or side fan.

Any fan will work with the fan switch, as it simply regulates the voltage to attain relative speeds across the board.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Jan 11, 2017, 22:02 Mordecai Walfish
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 21:49:

My SSD didn't fit under the mobo. Have you had a problem with that? Either my OCZ SSD is a millimetre too wide or the slots are too narrow. I'm not going to run out of drive slots but that's an odd one.

Put your SSD in one of the drive bays so the front fan(s) are blowing on it. It will stay cooler than the behind the motherboard mounting, by almost 10c. It's still well within operating range for most SSD's, but cooler components are happier (and usually longer lasting) components.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Jan 11, 2017, 21:59 Mordecai Walfish
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 19:19:
I now have a Fractal Design Define R5 case, thanks Beamer and Dacote for the recommendation. It's a nice upgrade over my 10+ year old case. The power/HDD LEDs are so bright that I disconnected them, but as it's so quiet now I can't tell if my computer is off/asleep, or it's just turned the monitors off for power saving

That case rocks. Upgraded to that about a year ago. I ended up putting opaque tape over the light and it's still slightly visible, but not nearly as bad as it was before. That sucker is bright!
 
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News Comments > More Overwatch Roadhog Changes
10. Re: More Overwatch Roadhog Changes Jan 11, 2017, 14:41 Mordecai Walfish
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 13:28:
Creston wrote on Jan 11, 2017, 10:29:
Ah yes, the usual Blizzard Nerf Hammer has struck again. Let's not adjust something a little bit downwards, let's just make it completely utterly useless, then adjust it back up when the cries of outrage become too overwhelming.

It's really become a concept by now. Many games employ the Blizzard Nerf Hammer method of "balancing."



I can see some wisdom in a big change, but I think you only do that when the small changes just aren't having the intended effect. As I pointed out in the previous thread, all they did by fixing Roadhog's hook was reverse the problem. Instead of completely ignoring line of sight, they changed it to where any small impedance would break the hook. Now they've adjusted that again, I still think it might be too easy to break the hook, but it seemed pretty obvious they were creating a new problem.

Ana nade, and roadhog's quantum hook are pretty much the reason behind the current, boring, 3 tank meta. So I'm fine with them being nerfed, just don't make them useless. I'd rather see other characters buffed to make them more viable (like they're trying to do with Sombra).

Not to mention that these changes aren't even in the live game yet, they've only been testing on the PTR while they iron things out. That's what the PTR is for, after all. I think the PTR patch notes being posted at blues are fueling some kind of confirmation bias Creston has against blizzard and other companies. In reality, they're actually handling this quite well.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 10, 2017, 11:18 Mordecai Walfish
 
Here's a funny video of Elon Musk telling a very nervous and star struck interviewer about his favorite video games:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JoTw_JuE78
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
6. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jan 7, 2017, 20:15 Mordecai Walfish
 
I just wanted to apologize for being a bit pedantic with my first statement. The emulation is good for a majority of people, just not on par with most PC emulators. I realize alot of people got these as gifts over the holidays and its not my place to devalue them, as they are very enjoyable gaming machines.

I plan on buying one just because it blows my mind you can buy a console at a store with Bubble Bobble on it, in the year 2016/7. One of my all time favorites.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 7, 2017, 19:37 Mordecai Walfish
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jan 7, 2017, 18:31:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jan 7, 2017, 17:43:
Go diy with it. The emulation on the nes classic sucks.

I've had zero problems with mine. It even gets the framerate slowdowns in games like Mega Man 2 right. Plus, the CRT filter nails the look of early 90s gaming perfectly.

the emulator itself is missing different graphical and audio layers from the NES, resulting in poorer emulation than pretty much any NES emulator available. That said, if you're happy with it, that is what matters first and foremost. The issues with the missing elements will be a much larger problem for people adding other roms that heavily use those portions of the NES. Only a couple games that are packed in with the nes classic have issues with it.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
2. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jan 7, 2017, 17:43 Mordecai Walfish
 
Task wrote on Jan 7, 2017, 12:39:
Haha, that's brilliant! I've been hesitant to buy one since I don't really like a handful of those 30 games they included on there. It's either that or make a DIY with a raspberry pi.

Go diy with it. The emulation on the nes classic sucks.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 6, 2017, 21:09 Mordecai Walfish
 
Hows that "courage" working out for you, Mr. Cook?  
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News Comments > Overwatch Nerfs Detailed
17. Re: Overwatch Nerfs Detailed Jan 6, 2017, 19:56 Mordecai Walfish
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 17:15:
Phasenoise wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 16:26:

I'm guessing it's some xmas rush of mouthbreathers or maybe young kids?

I got matchmaked into a group of what sounded like tweens, squeaky cracking voices and all. It was awful, I wanted to jam a screw driver in my ear and pound it the rest of the way in with a hammer. 'Well he called me a bad Winston', 'Yo, don't mess with mah boy bro, he'll get mad you don't want him mad'. We actually ended up winning, but I couldn't hit the exit game button fast enough after the match.

But just to again echo what everyone else is saying about the matchmaking, IT BITES. I really miss traditional style servers, I'd usually find 2 or 3 with a good player base and stick to those. With this game being so heavily reliant on teams working together (it's quite difficult IMO for any single player to truly carry) I really wonder why it seems like so many players have no idea what they're doing.

That "good player base" is what your friend's list is for. Send some invites out and team up with people you want to. It's a great way to set a foundation for better team work.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 6, 2017, 13:35 Mordecai Walfish
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 10:48:
A Liar's Archive, sweet.

I love that the whole archive is fact-checked for what he says, and cross-referenced with what else he's said that contradicts that. It could prove a valuable tool for preventing his re-election or possible impeachment.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Nerfs Detailed
8. Re: Overwatch Nerfs Detailed Jan 6, 2017, 13:30 Mordecai Walfish
 
The D.Va nerf is the most minimal of the bunch. If you kicked ass with her before, you will still kick ass with her now.

Biotic grenade was the best ability in the game, hands-down, and was solely responsible for the current boring-ass meta. I'm glad to see it get nerfed so heavily. Ana was a required pick for any team before, and with a 2nd healer and 3 tanks they would clean up shop 75+% of the time vs teams not using that meta. Things need to get shaken up and blizzard responded to that correctly, IMO.

The "Targets are now pulled directly in front of Roadhog (rather than straight to him)" bit is confusing. It is describing how the person being hooked will always be pulled directly in front of him now (in his crosshair), instead of to his side/back/top/bottom, as was possible before.
 
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News Comments > Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan Pulled
2. Re: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan Pulled Jan 6, 2017, 00:47 Mordecai Walfish
 
nin wrote on Jan 5, 2017, 19:54:
It's activision! They're "remaster" it (ie do nothing) and rerelease it for what ever future movie in a few years...at full price!


And no doubt port it to android/ios, and maybe even remove all the characters besides one that you get to start with and allow you to play the others with microtransactions!
 
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