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Signed On Feb 20, 2011, 16:53
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 27, 2017, 21:57 Mordecai Walfish
 
Also a reminder that River City Ransom Underground released on steam today, for fans of the beat-em-up genre  
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News Comments > D.I.C.E. Awards
8. Re: D.I.C.E. Awards Feb 24, 2017, 17:04 Mordecai Walfish
 
Good to see Inside picking up a couple awards here. Loved that game, even though it was rather short.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 16, 2017, 17:00 Mordecai Walfish
 
Rhett wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 14:17:
Injustice 2 is now on everything but PC... yeesh.

looks terrible anyway. they can keep it
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
2. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Feb 13, 2017, 17:44 Mordecai Walfish
 
Avus wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 11:07:
again, this show there is NO excuse for Rockstar not to make Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC...

Oh they will.. after its console exclusivity ends.
 
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News Comments > For Honor Beta Concludes Today
23. Re: For Honor Beta Concludes Today Feb 13, 2017, 08:53 Mordecai Walfish
 
This game always seemed like a console focused title, though I'll probably give it a try as I do love medieval combat games.

Personally, I'm most looking forward to Mordhau, a decidedly PC focused combat game: https://mordhau.com/

Melee combat preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-B4AwgArwA
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
23. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Feb 13, 2017, 01:29 Mordecai Walfish
 
New leak with models, speeds, and prices:

http://digiworthy.com/2017/02/13/amd-ryzen-cpu-prices/
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Feb 11, 2017, 19:07 Mordecai Walfish
 
Dr donkles wrote on Feb 11, 2017, 17:28:
Holy shit, this thing curbstomps the 7700K.

I was really not expecting that. Now i want to upgrade

16 threads on the AMD vs 8 threads on the 7700k. If you look at the single core data, the 7700k is still the stronger cpu.

For relative single core performance, see this image:

https://cdn.videocardz.com/1/2017/02/AMD-Ryzen-Chart-6.png

of course, with the boost enabled and the ram actually running at legitimate timings, this can only get better. the intel is running @ 4.2 ghz vs 3.4 on the AMD, so this could very well be a better chip at equivalent clocks. we should all wait and see some real-world benchmarking with this before jumping on the AMD2017 train, IMO. Have to say, things are looking good so far though!
 
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News Comments > Steam Greenlight Giving Way to Steam Direct
9. Re: Steam Greenlight Giving Way to Steam Direct Feb 10, 2017, 14:50 Mordecai Walfish
 
1500-2500 seems like the reasonable range for this, IMO.  
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Feb 9, 2017, 15:31 Mordecai Walfish
 
fake id's (what they use to register with online gaming services in china) are about to get a *whole* lot more popular in china.  
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News Comments > Take-Two Financials
1. Re: Take-Two Financials Feb 7, 2017, 23:15 Mordecai Walfish
 
Given that they reached 70 million in sales back in November of last year, that would mean GTA V, now a four year old title, has sold 5 million copies in the past 4 months alone.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 7, 2017, 21:55 Mordecai Walfish
 
jomisab wrote on Feb 7, 2017, 21:19:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Feb 7, 2017, 21:11:
nin wrote on Feb 7, 2017, 19:10:
Red Dead Redemption 2 online multiplayer to be major focus.

Not surprised (hell, expecting it), I just hope it doesn't compromise the story/SP.


This does not bode well for the prospect of single player DLC, as was the case with GTA:V, it's probably going to be all online updates after the release. Prove me wrong, Rockstar. I dare ya. =P

But at least it does bode well for a PC port.

True that! The only other title that has consistently sold as well on PC in the past 5 years is probably Skyrim. I'd expect that would make PC a target platform for all their future releases, but I don't doubt they will have console exclusivity for a while before the PC release, unfortunately.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch PTR Update Adds Browser and CTF
2. Re: Overwatch PTR Update Adds Browser and CTF Feb 7, 2017, 21:14 Mordecai Walfish
 
They really need to get on the ball with releasing new maps on a regular basis. One a month until they have a good amount of content there, and not the same 3-4 maps for each game type, as they currently have. Can run on the same hamster wheel for so long until it gets old. A server browser will be a nice addition though, depending on how they implement it.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 7, 2017, 21:11 Mordecai Walfish
 
nin wrote on Feb 7, 2017, 19:10:
Red Dead Redemption 2 online multiplayer to be major focus.

Not surprised (hell, expecting it), I just hope it doesn't compromise the story/SP.


This does not bode well for the prospect of single player DLC, as was the case with GTA:V, it's probably going to be all online updates after the release. Prove me wrong, Rockstar. I dare ya. =P
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 6, 2017, 20:48 Mordecai Walfish
 
It is surely a strange trend, hearing everyone talking about "future proofing" by getting a rx480 instead of a 1060, when pc graphics advance so quickly. Getting a strong card that performs well today in a wide variety of games is most important, IMO. Reddit seems to have this never-ending circle jerk about the rx480 and I would always get instantly brigaded against when bringing up points to the contrary of the 480 being some powerhouse that just was waiting to be honed by next gen drivers/games. By the time the games that utilize dx12/vulcan properly come out, that card will be low end and people will want to upgrade anyways. Chalk up a win for AMD's marketing department there, I guess.  
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News Comments > Use WoW Gold for Other Blizzard Games
2. Re: Use WoW Gold for Other Blizzard Games Feb 6, 2017, 20:38 Mordecai Walfish
 
When will the gambling end!? Think of the children!!!!11!1

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 5, 2017, 22:23 Mordecai Walfish
 
DrSquick wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 16:47:
{PH}88fingers wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 14:18:
Agent-Zero wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 12:53:
survival is the new WW2

Rust is still the best of them

Can you play Rust locally / single player? I bought it when it was first released, and played the heck out of it, but I've heard a ton has changed and wanted to see what was new. But I don't see a way to start your own server or play locally. Is that an option in Rust do you know?

You could jump through some hoops to run your own server and connect to it, but a better bet would be to just join one of the thousands of servers with no people on it. There are plenty of empty servers to choose from.

My votes are Subnautica for single player survival, rust for multiplayer.
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Feb 2, 2017, 22:02 Mordecai Walfish
 
trailer for river city ransom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us7MnovsPKs

Its finally got a release date, and less than a month away even! Woo-hoo!!
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Wins $500M in Oculus Lawsuit
36. Re: ZeniMax Wins $500M in Oculus Lawsuit Feb 2, 2017, 17:25 Mordecai Walfish
 
Carmack put up a post about the trial on his FB, quoted here:


The Zenimax vs Oculus trial is over. I disagreed with their characterization, misdirection, and selective omissions. I never tried to hide or wipe any evidence, and all of my data is accounted for, contrary to some stories being spread.

Being sued sucks. For the most part, the process went as I expected.

The exception was the plaintiff’s expert that said Oculus’s implementations of the techniques at issue were “non-literally copied” from the source code I wrote while at Id Software.

This is just not true. The authors at Oculus never had access to the Id C++ VR code, only a tiny bit of plaintext shader code from the demo. I was genuinely interested in hearing how the paid expert would spin a web of code DNA between completely unrelated codebases.

Early on in his testimony, I wanted to stand up say “Sir! As a man of (computer) science, I challenge you to defend the efficacy of your methodology with data, including false positive and negative rates.” After he had said he was “Absolutely certain there was non-literal copying” in several cases, I just wanted to shout “You lie!”. By the end, after seven cases of “absolutely certain”, I was wondering if gangsters had kidnapped his grandchildren and were holding them for ransom.

If he had said “this supports a determination of”, or dozens of other possible phrases, then it would have fit in with everything else, but I am offended that a distinguished academic would say that his ad-hoc textual analysis makes him “absolutely certain” of anything. That isn’t the language of scientific inquiry.

The notion of non-literal copying is probably delicious to many lawyers, since a sufficient application of abstraction and filtering can show that just about everything is related. There are certainly some cases where it is true, such as when you translate a book into another language, but copyright explicitly does not apply to concepts or algorithms, so you can’t abstract very far from literal copying before comparing. As with many legal questions, there isn’t a bright clear line where you need to stop.

The analogy that the expert gave to the jury was that if someone wrote a book that was basically Harry Potter with the names changed, it would still be copyright infringement. I agree; that is the literary equivalent of changing the variable names when you copy source code. However, if you abstract Harry Potter up a notch or two, you get Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, which also maps well onto Star Wars and hundreds of other stories. These are not copyright infringement.

There are objective measures of code similarity that can be quoted, like the edit distance between abstract syntax trees, but here the expert hand identified the abstract steps that the code fragments were performing, made slides that nobody in the courtroom could actually read, filled with colored boxes outlining the purportedly analogous code in each case. In some cases, the abstractions he came up with were longer than the actual code they were supposed to be abstracting.

It was ridiculous. Even without being able to read the code on the slides, you could tell the steps varied widely in operation count, were often split up and in different order, and just looked different. The following week, our side’s code expert basically just took the same slides their expert produced (the judge had to order them to be turned over) and blew each of them up across several slides so you could actually read them. I had hoped that would have demolished the credibility of the testimony, but I guess I overestimated the impact.

Notably, I wasn’t allowed to read the full expert report, only listen to him in trial, and even his expert testimony in trial is under seal, rather than in the public record. This is surely intentional -- if the code examples were released publicly, the internet would have viciously mocked the analysis. I still have a level of morbid curiosity about the several hundred-page report.

The expert witness circuit is surely tempting for many academics, since a distinguished expert can get paid $600+ an hour to prepare a weighty report that supports a lawyer’s case. I don’t have any issue with that, but testifying in court as an expert should be as much a part of your permanent public record as the journal papers you publish. In many cases, the consequences are significant. There should be a danger to your reputation if you are imprudent.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online 2017 Roadmap
1. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online 2017 Roadmap Feb 2, 2017, 00:22 Mordecai Walfish
 
So what they're saying is.. people are finally going to have property of their own in the game, and the Morrowind expansion is going to be devoid of dungeons and content until updates later on in the year.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement Tomorrow
12. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement Tomorrow Jan 31, 2017, 14:21 Mordecai Walfish
 
the add-on is: Morrowind!

Almost makes me want to play ESO now, besides the fact that MMO game mechanics are some of the laziest and most boring possible.
 
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