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News Comments > Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls Found

6. Re: Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls Found Jan 16, 2020, 10:16 jacobvandy
 
Wasn't someone saying in the last thread about this game that the series is only still going because of its popularity in Japan? A quick googlin' says these games have been using anime style art for two whole decades now.  
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News Comments > Epic Games Store Sales Top $680M; Free Games to Continue All Year

110. Re: Epic Games Store Sales Top $680M; Free Games to Continue All Year Jan 15, 2020, 03:35 jacobvandy
 
Jerykk wrote on Jan 15, 2020, 00:31:
EDIT: Huh, the numbers are actually way worse than I initially thought. I was thinking that the $251 million figure was Epic's cut but that was actually the entirety of the third-party game revenue. 12% of $251 million is only $30 million. They spent $23 million on discounts alone and the giveaways + exclusivity deals definitely cost more than $7 million so EGS was pure loss in 2019. There is zero chance of them doing that if they weren't aiming to be the market leader.

The math is a bit more complex than that, since those $10 coupons would have to factor into the split for each transaction they were a part of. The $251 million is what people actually paid for games, when the gross was +$10 as far as the third party is concerned on each of those 2.3 million purchases. It's impossible to figure out the specifics with so many unknown variables, but you're right, they definitely took a bath.
 
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News Comments > Epic Games Store Sales Top $680M; Free Games to Continue All Year

22. Re: Epic Games Store Sales Top $680M; Free Games to Continue All Year Jan 14, 2020, 12:36 jacobvandy
 
Bubicus wrote on Jan 14, 2020, 12:28:
Interesting math:
Borderlands 3 had, as of last September, sold 3.3 million PC units
At $60/unit, that is $198 million of revenue.
Epic says $250 million of revenue is from 3rd-party games.
That implies Borderlands 3 is responsible for 79% of all 3rd-party sales.
That also implies all other 3rd-party game sales combined are only $52 million.
That is... pretty bad, given the number of Epic exclusives.

That 3.3m figure came from analyst guesstimation that nearly 70% of the total 5m sales 2K announced for September were digital. For all platforms, not just PC.

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News Comments > Epic Games Store Sales Top $680M; Free Games to Continue All Year

5. Re: Epic Games Store Sales Top $680M; Free Games to Continue All Year Jan 14, 2020, 11:31 jacobvandy
 
So, $429 million spent on Fortnite and $251 million spent on EVERYTHING else on EGS since the store launched. With several AAA exclusives leading in sales (Borderlands 3, Control, Metro Exodus, Outer Worlds, etc.) at $40-60 a pop that pie disappears pretty quickly... I wonder if any one of them did more than a million units.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs

1. Re: Cookie consent tools are undermining GDPR. Jan 13, 2020, 22:04 jacobvandy
 
Of course they are. Even the cookie pop-up on this site opts you in to tracking by default.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation

4. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 13, 2020, 16:39 jacobvandy
 
The article is about how Sony is reported to be making new games for the PS5 that will ONLY work on a PS5, which is a contrast to what Microsoft has already stated they are doing. Which is that their new games will continue to be compatible with current Xbox One hardware.

I think it's pretty lame for MS to be doing that, basically treating their new console like another mid-generational refresh for the foreseeable future. An Xbox One X X, if you will. That means they aren't fully committing to the new hardware and what it would enable them to do, because they still have to allow for the games to downscale to hardware that is almost a decade old. That means their SSD truly will only bring faster loading screens, since they have to continue supporting mechanical drives.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10

2. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 12, 2020, 18:20 jacobvandy
 
I'm seeing 'Mixed' for Iceborne, though most or all of the negative reviews are referencing technical issues rather than the game itself. Unfortunate for those having issues, but consider the ratio of that 2-3 thousand against those who are happily playing (currently 120k simultaneously at an off-peak time of day).  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits

5. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 12, 2020, 10:06 jacobvandy
 
ForgedReality wrote on Jan 11, 2020, 22:23:
HoSpanky wrote on Jan 11, 2020, 21:16:
A LOT of people are coming into our shop asking about Windows 10. Lots of these people want to upgrade their insanely weak computers to it, at a cost (OS + installation) that’d BUY them a technically better machine with win10 on it.
I don’t understand their logic, aside from “why replace something that works?”.

It’s a weird job. People who willfully use garbage hardware come in for advice that they’ll then blatantly ignore because it’s not what they wanted to hear. Why did you come waste my time to begin with? Are you lonely?

Maybe they are lonely. Are you lone-shaming?

Personally, I refuse to downgrade to Windows 10. It's a piece of fucking garbage itself. I'd sooner go back to Ubuntu and never be able to play any real games than infect my machine with buggy-af Windows As a Service Malware Windows 10. >:/

Fight the powah!
 
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News Comments > Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Released

3. Re: Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Released Jan 10, 2020, 02:05 jacobvandy
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 10, 2020, 00:38:
40€ for an expansion with 1 map area and game breaking bug in the menu, *slowclap*

That one map is significantly larger and more complex than any of the others. It also contains nearly as many new monsters as the base game has, though some are variations of existing types. So along with the continuation of the storyline with many new quests, huge additions to character progression and combat options, loads of QoL improvements... It's not really any different than the expansion packs we used to get in the old days.

Pretty much every game in this series has received the same kind of treatment, though this may be the first time you've been able to upgrade rather than have to buy the ultimate version standalone. It's meant to provide a real challenge for bored veterans, you can't even go to the new area until you beat the main story and have acquired what was previously endgame gear.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black

6. Re: Into the Black Jan 9, 2020, 23:34 jacobvandy
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 9, 2020, 20:52:
"Turns out Wash was fine all along!"

It was a dream! An alternate reality! The dark timeline! Our neighboring dimension! A cautionary tale!

Probably easier to just ignore the movie if this happens. But still... It's been like 15 years, it's not going to be the same even if you do get the whole cast back. They're old.
 
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News Comments > etc.

1. Re: etc. Jan 9, 2020, 12:09 jacobvandy
 
Save yourself a click, video game Geralt says nothing specific in his tweet. It's the same old "loved the show except for the time jumping" opinion everyone else has.  
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News Comments > Sea of Thieves Passes 10M Players

4. Re: Sea of Thieves Passes 10M Players Jan 8, 2020, 20:04 jacobvandy
 
It's just the total number of people who have tried the game. They were running free trials within the first 6 months, and then Xbox game pass came along and made it virtually free all the time. If they had a more impressive metric to boast about, they would.  
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News Comments > Overwatch 2 This Year?

14. Re: Overwatch 2 This Year? Jan 8, 2020, 19:36 jacobvandy
 
They said that, and then released a Modern Warfare remake 12 months after Black Ops 4. I'll believe Call of Duty has changed when they decide to support one game for 4+ years, rather than continue to annually rotate their half-dozen sub-series.  
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News Comments > EA Patents Direct Character Customization

19. Re: EA Patents Direct Character Customization Jan 8, 2020, 18:50 jacobvandy
 
Quinn wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 17:56:
Wasn't it Oblivion or maybe Mass Effect that had this already and worked wonky? I remember selecting an area on the face that then glowed red and you could then shape that area the way you liked using your mouse.

Fallout 4 does that, for sure.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch 2 This Year?

11. Re: Overwatch 2 This Year? Jan 8, 2020, 18:38 jacobvandy
 
Rolleyes

No, this is Blizzard, which you even acknowledge has some autonomy about 15 seconds after trying to be a smart-ass. Here, I'll update my post to make explicit what 95% of people would easily infer.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch 2 This Year?

9. Re: Overwatch 2 This Year? Jan 8, 2020, 17:34 jacobvandy
 
This is the right way to do an incremental multiplayer sequel. We all know they make most of their money from the microtransactions anyway, so why splinter the playerbase with a new standalone game? Could you imagine BATTLEFIELD OR CALL OF DUTY being updated with all the content they'd put in a sequel for free, and only charge you for a new campaign? Yeah, right...

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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation

26. Re: Sunday Consolidation Jan 6, 2020, 16:51 jacobvandy
 
The Pyro wrote on Jan 6, 2020, 12:46:
that some frequently-used assets are duplicated upwards of hundreds of times to help with open-world streaming performance

I'm pretty sure this is only necessary when reading from optical media, not hard disks. Even magnetic hard drives are much faster.

All console games this gen are required to be copied to internal storage before playing. The disc is then only used for authentication at startup. It's explicitly stated the duplication is to minimize latency from hard disk seek times.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA and ASUS Introduce 360Hz Monitor

8. Re: NVIDIA and ASUS Introduce 360Hz Monitor Jan 6, 2020, 11:58 jacobvandy
 
ForgedReality wrote on Jan 6, 2020, 11:33:
LUL. Imagine using a 1080p monitor in 2020.

And it's 24" why? That is way the fuck too small. 40" is the smallest I will go these days. I use a 55" 4k currently and it's blissful perfection. I'll take screen real estate over a few extra frames per second any day.

Clearly you aren't interested in competitive play, so of course this product doesn't appeal.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation

21. Re: Sunday Consolidation Jan 6, 2020, 02:06 jacobvandy
 
JeffD wrote on Jan 6, 2020, 00:20:
At the moment devs often duplicate regularly accessed game data across an install to make it quicker and easier for a read head to grab the data from a spinning platter.


Who does this? Who?

This article is paraphrasing what Sony's lead engineer has said about what developers do for a game like Insomniac's Spider-Man on PS4, that some frequently-used assets are duplicated upwards of hundreds of times to help with open-world streaming performance. Yes, that means the installation size is significantly bloated, but being able to eliminate that practice with the SSD and saving a lot of space is touted as one of the major benefits of the change.

Again, I recommend some of you who are struggling to wrap your minds around this subject read through what serves as the primary source for clickbait junk like the above. Mainly the first look at the PS5 from last April and the more recent piece where they confirm the name, release window, and some other details on the hardware.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Patches

2. Re: Sunday Patches Jan 5, 2020, 19:33 jacobvandy
 
'Must-have' is being way too generous with this one.. Yeah, it's a cool idea to import another map into the newest engine, but they've done very little in terms of remastering and there's no real gameplay to speak of. All you have is modern cars and NPCs in a world that looks like it's bugged out and won't load anything but long-distance placeholder graphics. No atmosphere, no music, no missions or any other activities, it's a waste of your bandwidth to download it. Just watch how bad it is in their official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebPzqxFFyMY

I'd much rather replay the original.
 
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