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News Comments > Dying Light: The Following Trailer
3. Re: Dying Light: The Following Trailer Aug 26, 2015, 02:06 jacobvandy
Rigs wrote on Aug 26, 2015, 00:32:
Hey, I'm still trying to finish the original! No really, I'm like 25% in. I just started about four days ago...yeah, yeah, I had a back log, ok?

EDIT: Oh! And, btw, for those that were so sure I didn't know how to configure my system (ahem...HARLOCK!) and this was the reason I was getting shitty fps? Well, I updated last night to the 1.5.0 patch, finally, and it's smooth as *(^$# butter! I knew it wasn't my system! This is exactly the same thing that happened with GTA5 when I first got it. It ran like ASS. to the point of being unplayable but after two patches...runs smooth as silk. So, again, I say, texture streaming issues are the game's fault! Yeah, I have a crappy 1gb 7850 but it still holds it's own...


It's not a coincidence, those are two of the high-profile games of recent memory that have masqueraded "performance optimizations" as flat-out reducing the game's visual quality. Now you'd have to tweak the .ini to get the settings as high as they used to be able to be set in-game when they launched. Apparently there are too many people out there who crank the settings to max, aren't happy with the performance, and then start ranting and raving all over the internet about the game being a buggy, unoptimized piece of crap rather than consider that their computer just might not be good enough to run the game at the highest settings...

What I fear might be happening is that developers are learning to err on the side of caution, reduce the range of graphical options to where it's more likely to perform acceptably, basically treat gamers with kid gloves and turn a PC game into more of a CONSOLE experience. All to avoid the bad publicity stemming from self-entitled little pricks who can't fathom that they might have to run a game on medium or high settings rather than ultra.

Not that you're one of them, Rigs, I'm just saying that that is why you've seen such performance boosts from patches. These changes are not documented clearly in patch notes, it's taken third parties like NVIDIA to do comparison tests when they put together tweak guides to find out that draw distance, shadow/texture/lighting quality, or whatever else had been neutered.
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News Comments > Diablo III Patched
8. Re: Diablo III Patched Aug 25, 2015, 21:33 jacobvandy
Re: needing Cube materials in your inventory (since quoting isn't working for me...)

They obviously made a conscious choice to go with the Diablo 2 style crafting grid as opposed to the "click a button to do it for you" way that everything else works. I don't know if they'll backtrack on something so pointedly old-school, an effort to blatantly pander to series veterans that do nothing but bitch about how the older games are better.
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News Comments > Diablo III Patched
1. Re: Diablo III Patched Aug 25, 2015, 18:36 jacobvandy
Epic patch, been playing it for a few hours.  
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity: The White March: Part I Released
21. Re: Pillars of Eternity: The White March: Part I Released Aug 25, 2015, 15:12 jacobvandy
Yeah, I was about to say, I got the backer update email just a little while ago. Rotfl  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 25, 2015, 01:39 jacobvandy
Krodge wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 23:05:
Julio wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 18:47:
As for member suicides, maybe they shouldn't have been cheating in the first place.

You dont know the details of these peoples lives or why they did what they did (something thats not even illegal mind you). They could have been in bad or abusive relationships, In a situation where they were unable to get a divorce, They could have been gay and in the closet unwilling or unable to come out. Not every case is as black and white as you seem to think and in no case should any of these people have been exposed and pushed to suicide.

It seems hypocritical to me that everyone was so outraged at the NSA logging meta data but no complaints when a criminal hacker group exposes peoples private sex lives, resulting in some of their deaths.

I agree with Julio, the details are irrelevant. If you are so wracked with guilt or fearful that someone else would find out, whatever it is that you did, that not being able to keep it a secret would push you over that cliff, you shouldn't have done it in the first place. Period.

Sorry if that hits close to home for you, but it's the cold, hard truth. When you make a decision, you have to consider the consequences. Chances are you would have been found out eventually, even without your have-an-affair website being hacked.

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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Aug 24, 2015, 18:07 jacobvandy
Didn't bother me when I watched it. *shrug*  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 24, 2015, 14:50 jacobvandy
These buttons are pretty useless until they have their drone army ready to deliver packages within an hour.  
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News Comments > Mad Max Commercial
8. Re: Mad Max Commercial Aug 24, 2015, 14:47 jacobvandy
I finally saw Fury Road last week after hearing my friends rave about it, and I have to agree. It was a really cool movie, well made and I enjoyed it and all, but it didn't live up to the "best movie of all time" level of hype. There was no story to speak of, it was just non-stop action. The setting and characters very obviously make for fantastic video game fodder, though, so I'm looking forward to this title from Avalanche more than ever.  
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News Comments > More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen
55. Re: More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen Aug 24, 2015, 14:00 jacobvandy
SpectralMeat wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 13:50:
Frags4Fun wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 13:38:
I'm not picking a side on this and my reply has little, if anything, to do with SC, but a contractor can't refund time lost.
I am not picking sides either just pointing out how ridiculous Derek's claims sound.

In the example Cutter brought up if the contractor refund all your money you can I guess still take him to court suing for time lost if you can prove that this has caused some sort of damages to you financially or otherwise.

In case of Star Citizen?
Good luck with that one.

A class-action lawsuit will require... a *class* of other plaintiffs who can show damages.

A lot of comments this morning seem to be missing that, and are running on the assumption that Smart will be suing them personally. No, he's organizing a class action, of which he does not have to be a part. So it doesn't matter if his money has been refunded, he can and probably will still be bringing suit against them.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 24, 2015, 03:40 jacobvandy
There was a period of time where they were honoring requests to refund purchases as old as 6 months or so when the policy first went into effect, but I don't know if they're still doing that.

Edit: Clearly they still are! Lol, well good for you.
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Aug 23, 2015, 17:35 jacobvandy
fawker wrote on Aug 23, 2015, 17:12:
Any idea if Battlefront from GMG still uses Origin for DRM?

I would assume so but their website lists it as "other drm".

Battlefront requires Origin no matter where you get it from, just like all other EA games released on PC for the past several years. :p
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
12. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 23, 2015, 17:27 jacobvandy
I think you hit the nail on the head already, about your GPU being short on VRAM. It's enough to run these games, but I'd say it's the primary reason why your system struggles with texture streaming at times.

In any case, you shouldn't read too much into your performance issues with ARK. That is the number one complaint with the game that I have seen (I've not tried it myself, yet), and even people with GTX 970s are lucky to get more than 30 fps regardless of settings.
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Aug 23, 2015, 15:13 jacobvandy
Retired wrote on Aug 23, 2015, 15:01:
Witcher 3 is 29.99 at GMG, can probably use another code with it....

The 20% voucher does not apply for The Witcher 3.
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Aug 23, 2015, 13:28 jacobvandy
Go to (you have to be logged in) for some more deals, including Guild Wars 2 for $20. This is not quite as cheap as it has been in the past, but this is a rare opportunity to buy the base game by itself since the official site switched over to the all-inclusive expansion.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
16. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 22, 2015, 23:40 jacobvandy
Cpmartins wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 22:24:
If you insist on using North Korea on a CD, at least block those urls on a firewall and use one of these (or all of these):

But then again, if you don't mind being data-mined for everything you're worth and have no fear of microsoft blocking any software or hardware you have at their leisure, then just do it.

Where is the quoted text from, out of curiosity?
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Aug 22, 2015, 23:15 jacobvandy
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 22:04:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 19:43:

On a side note, most of the PC's the major brands sell don't come with a dedicated graphics card nor a power supply that can support one, hence a lot of people either need some expensive upgrades or a better PC to play the better games.

I think you mean people are getting ripped off with the 'major pre-built pc's' and if they built them, themselves or had someone do it for them they could pay an equal price and get more out of their money. Especially when you look at R*'s recent sales numbers on the PC, which is somewhere in the range of 5.5m units if I remember right. That either means everyone is buying 3 copies, or there are more people out there then they realize.

Something that this analysis misses, is other services like Origin or Humble, R*'s thingy. Especially titles that are only released on a particular distribution platform. Those alone make the analysis lacking in terms of 'what people are buying and looking at.'

I think he underscores pretty clearly exactly what he's analyzing:

Because if you’re developing a downloadable game for Steam you’re not even fighting for 135M of its active users, you’re fighting for the attention of 1.3 million gamers that are actually buying lots of games.

The title of his website, and the focus of all of his blogging... it's Steam. He's talking specifically about Steam. His guesstimates are shaky enough without them being stretched to encompass all of PC gaming.
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Aug 22, 2015, 21:47 jacobvandy
Genesys wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 21:21:
mag wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 21:01:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 19:15:
NKD wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 18:04:
Really puts Steam in perspective. Only around 1.3 million Steam users buy a significant number of games, and to be a member of the top 20%, you only need to own four games.

80-90% of Steam users may as well not exist for how little they participate in the PC gaming market. I never would have guessed those numbers.
Yeah this is again an eye opener... it still baffles the mind why Steam didn't make this public themselves.
It baffles you as to why Steam would keep it private that less than 1/5 of its userbase actually buys games? They want people to think they have 10M customers.
I'm probably missing something somewhere... Manually totaling the Peak counts of the top 100 games on Steam's stats page gives me ~2.7M users. Are most of these people playing the only Steam game they own? Does that make sense?

And holy cow DOTA 2 has a lot of active players.

That's what Steam Spy is claiming, yes. Or a large portion of them, anyway. For most people who play Dota 2 or CS:GO or TF2, it is probably so that that is the only game they play. Or maybe they dabble in a couple other of the most popular titles.

However, totaling together peak counts is not a good way to estimate anything. You are liable to be counting the same person multiple times, playing one game at its peak period, another game at another peak period, etc.
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Aug 22, 2015, 20:29 jacobvandy
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 18:35:
panbient wrote on Aug 22, 2015, 12:29:
Awww man... you need 107 games in your Steam library to be part of the One Percent?

I only have 102. I feel like such a loser now hahaha

Only 107?! Pfft. Try getting three times that number and then we'll talk!

.33%ers unite!

Would have to see his data to extrapolate further, but I'm sure it's an exponential curve rather than linear, so tripling what qualifies you for the top 1% likely puts you in the top 0.1%. So then when someone like me has double the number you do, we're talking probably 0.01%.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Aug 21, 2015, 02:11 jacobvandy
Isn't it a bit premature to make that declaration, though? It's not even in theatres yet...  
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News Comments > NVIDIA Streaming Game Sharing Revealed
1. Re: NVIDIA Streaming Game Sharing Revealed Aug 20, 2015, 18:49 jacobvandy
This is a pretty killer feature if it really does what it says on the tin... But I also see some problems with it, mainly how are publishers gonna feel about multiplayer gaming on one copy via a third-party app? Are NVIDIA gonna have to pay them off to allow it, or will some games simply block their software from interacting? If it's the former, would that mean you're going to have to subscribe to a premium GeForce Experience package in order to be able to use the Game Sharing feature?

Obviously they (developer/publisher) made a decision to allow local sharing of a game by including same-screen multiplayer modes, but is the ability to stretch that from an in-person experience to anywhere there's internet going to change the way they consider the opportunity cost of those features?

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