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Real Name Roger Norris   
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Nickname The Pyro
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Description Software developer, long-time Blue's reader
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Signed On Jul 10, 2000, 20:19
Total Comments 362 (Amateur)
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News Comments > MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Released

19. Re: MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Released Dec 10, 2019, 14:16 The Pyro
 
VaranDragon wrote on Dec 10, 2019, 12:52:
Now I have a different problem. The textures look, really weird. Like there is a tiny grid running through them. It's weird, I can't explain it. Turning off sharepening fixes that, but then they just look muddy.

Sounds like you're describing the Contrast Adaptive Sharpening that gets applied as a post-processing step in order to fix blurry shadows that are rendered at a low resolution. The effect was visible in several official screenshots and, yes, it's ugly. It wasn't visible in all of the screenshots, though, so I'm not sure when it becomes an issue. At least you have a name for it now.

EDIT: This issue was discussed on OutreachHPG a few weeks ago, in case that helps.

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News Comments > Path of Exile 2 Announced

5. Re: Path of Exile 2 Announced Nov 15, 2019, 22:07 The Pyro
 
Gotta admit I'm confused by the timing of this announcement.

The timing is certainly serendipitous with regards to Diablo 4, but this weekend is also the first ever Path of Exile convention. I'm sure they've been planning on this exact weekend for months.
 
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News Comments > Pro Fortnite Player Banned

15. Re: Pro Fortnite Player Banned Nov 4, 2019, 14:36 The Pyro
 
Why isn't there a "gaming mode" required by competitive online games that locks your PC

Because it wouldn't work. Client-side security is not possible when consumers have full access to the physical machine; there's always a clever way around the lock-outs. Some wallhacks can even be run on a different machine: the hacks just sniff the network traffic and throw usable information up on a second monitor. It's like stream sniping.

The way these arms races go it wouldn't surprise me if someone eventually builds a hardware aimbot that connects directly to your PC through HDMI and USB ports. Machine vision algorithms could analyze the screen in real time and then spoof mouse signals over the USB port. The technology's pretty close TBH.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

4. Re: Disney is making too many Star Wars movies, says CEO Nov 4, 2019, 12:44 The Pyro
 
From an entertainment perspective, I think the fan appetite for new (quality) movies is not nearly saturated. But from a business perspective there's definitely diminishing returns. A huge portion of their total profit is from merchandise, not box office receipts. If you release your movies in quick succession then there's no way you'll sell the same amount of toys, shirts, lunchboxes, etc... for each title. Consumers can't fit all that crap in their house, let alone afford it.  
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News Comments > Diablo 4 and Diablo 2 Remaster Rumors

26. Re: Diablo 4 and Diablo 2 Remaster Rumors Oct 22, 2019, 11:16 The Pyro
 
where the skill tree is almost entirely "+2% obscure stat" ... Path of Exile was like that at launch, right?

Mostly no, but sortof. PoE's passive skill tree consists of keystones and notables connected by minor buffs.

Keystones are skills which change the game's mechanics. For example, there's a keystone called Resolute Technique which gives your character 100% accuracy but reduces your critical hit chance to 0%. Another keystone lets you use mana to absorb damage. There are several keystones, and finding good combinations (along with unique abilities from equipped items) is essential to surviving late-game content.

Notables are mostly just big buffs, e.g. 80% increased crit chance with bows. There are lots of notables scattered throughout the tree.

Minor passives are the glue that ties the tree together. They provide small buffs only (e.g. 5% increased life). You must unlock many of these to travel between the keystones and notables that you want. Minor stat passives (e.g. +10 Strength) are also needed to equip high-level items that require strength, dexterity, or intelligence.
 
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News Comments > Fortnite Apocalypse

9. Re: Fortnite Apocalypse Oct 14, 2019, 15:16 The Pyro
 
Forgive my Fortnite ignorance, but is a new map really that exciting? The shooters I used to play had dozens of multiplayer maps, and fans were constantly pumping out new arenas. Inevitably the fan-created stuff would eventually equal or surpass the quality of official maps.  
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General Discussion > Responsive layout

5. Re: Responsive layout Oct 9, 2019, 12:05 The Pyro
 
Beamer's sentiments echo my own exactly. I'll always prefer using a desktop when one's available, but congratulations on creating a mobile proof-of-concept that I don't immediately hate!  
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News Comments > MageQuit Next Month

2. Re: MageQuit Next Month Sep 25, 2019, 14:48 The Pyro
 
RageQuit -> MageQuit

I get it, but I don't think it's catchy.
 
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News Comments > Freespace 2 Free on GOG.com

14. Re: Freespace 2 Free on GOG.com Sep 25, 2019, 14:05 The Pyro
 
Nice! I still have the original CDs, but I'm happy to add this to my library so I can install from the cloud later if I need to.

FS2 is still my all-time favorite space sim. With a few mods installed it still holds up well IMO.
 
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News Comments > Noita Early Access

4. Re: Noita Early Access Sep 25, 2019, 08:22 The Pyro
 
lol, love the recommended system requirements:

Processor: The more cores the better
 
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News Comments > Best Games of the Century List

3. Re: Best Games of the Century List Sep 19, 2019, 11:54 The Pyro
 
Half-Life 2 was certainly influential but IMO the mechanics and storytelling are not particularly noteworthy compared to more recent titles. I wouldn't have ranked it that highly. Meanwhile, counter-strike (in various forms) has been a premier competitive FPS for nearly 20 years now and it didn't even make the top 50?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2019, 08:28 The Pyro
 
You aren't alone, Blue! I do stretching exercises daily to help with ongoing lower back / coccyx issues. It hasn't cured me yet, unfortunately, but it does bring some relief.  
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News Comments > Path of Exile: Blight Released

3. Re: Path of Exile: Blight Released Sep 6, 2019, 11:19 The Pyro
 
I'm not aware of any graphical revamps in this version. IIRC they're planning graphical upgrades for 4.0, most notably the player character models and animations.

There were some revamps in recent leagues, most notably a brand new lighting system (Delve league), better optimization for ground effects, and more realistic water/waves. Of those, the lighting effects made the biggest difference.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY VIII - REMASTERED Released

3. Re: FINAL FANTASY VIII - REMASTERED Released Sep 4, 2019, 09:03 The Pyro
 
I'm hoping some of the fan-created mods (i.e. upscaled backgrounds) from the original PC port can be migrated to this version. It would be nice to play with a speed boost to mitigate the rather grindy magic draw system, and the revised character models do look nice. But yeah, this offering is slightly underwhelming.

FFVIII's score has a few of the best tracks in the entire franchise but the gameplay was below-average IMO. Not terrible, but not great, either. The Kid will probably make me play it eventually, though, as we've been going through the entire series (not in order).
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Delayed Again; Epic Games Store Exclusive

3. Re: MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Delayed Again; Epic Games Store Exclusive Jul 25, 2019, 14:02 The Pyro
 
The delay is small potatoes, it's the EGS-exclusivity that will bite them.

Sigh, the last thing PGI needed was another PR disaster like this. What the hell were they thinking? Is an extra 15% worth all this bad press?

Yes, I have checked the archived version of the Mechwarrior 5 site. It specifically mentioned a Steam key in the preorder FAQ.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization

13. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 25, 2019, 11:02 The Pyro
 
I don't see how their business model works. I assumed they would charge a fee to pick up and deliver you food, but every restaurant shows free delivery.

I would guess that DoorDash collects data about what kinds of food you buy and then sells your personal information to marketing companies. Then you start seeing targeted ads for Taco Bell in your browser.

That's probably not enough revenue to fully fund deliveries and R&D, so they're burning through a lot of venture capital in the meantime while waiting for self-driving cars to miraculously save their business from imploding.
 
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News Comments > Robo Instructus Released

2. Re: Robo Instructus Released Jul 17, 2019, 19:11 The Pyro
 
This looks more polished than similar programming games I've tried in the past. Syntax highlighting and tab completion are a welcome addition. Snagged a copy for the kid - will write a review in a week or so once we've played beyond the simple stuff.  
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News Comments > Cyberpunk 2077 Getting Ray Tracing Support

15. Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Getting Ray Tracing Support Jun 12, 2019, 10:02 The Pyro
 
Nifty reflections on the floor. OK. If the game can still run at 60 fps then I might leave them turned on.  
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News Comments > Free QUAKE II RTX Next Week

18. Re: Free QUAKE II RTX Next Week May 28, 2019, 10:32 The Pyro
 
Gloom

Gloom! Wasted so many hours on that. Skipped classes to make custom maps (mines-1 was my fault, sorry about that). Alas, I doubt Gloom would work with the ray-tracing stuff. I think Gloom eventually went to its own standalone client? Or maybe I'm getting it mixed up with Tremulous...
 
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News Comments > Epic Mega Sale

29. Re: Epic Mega Sale May 16, 2019, 13:22 The Pyro
 
Midnight wrote on May 16, 2019, 12:02:
No categories, no tags, just a bunch of thumbnails which tell you nothing about what kind of games you're looking at.

Can you really call it a thumbnail when uses up more than half the vertical space in your browser window? Ugh, I hate modern web design sometimes. Can barely see more than 3 games on the screen at once.
 
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