User information for Roger Norris

Real Name
Roger Norris
Nickname
The Pyro
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Software developer, long-time Blue's reader
Homepage
None given.
Signed On
July 10, 2000
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Silver, since February 24, 2020
Total Posts
401 (Amateur)
User ID
6134
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 14, 2020, 14:52
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Re: Out of the Blue Sep 14, 2020, 14:52
Sep 14, 2020, 14:52
 
My wife has a similar distaste for fish stemming from a childhood experience. Her family went camping one weekend, and dad decided to grill up the trout he caught from the lake that day. They had a very fishy taste, perhaps because of the concentration of algae in the lake. She can still enjoy shellfish (and crab is one of her favorites), but any sort of fish causes her to gag.
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Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Taking a Last Stand
Aug 27, 2020, 11:35
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Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Taking a Last Stand Aug 27, 2020, 11:35
Aug 27, 2020, 11:35
 
I'm intrigued, but was hoping for L4D3 by now. I don't know if a community update will do much to revitalize the game - it's the toxic players that turn me off whenever I try to brush this one off. New content can only go so far. TBF, the toxicity is mostly related to Versus mode.

My co-op game of choice lately has been Deep Rock Galactic.
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Re: Oculus Adding Facebook Account Requirement
Aug 25, 2020, 17:27
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Re: Oculus Adding Facebook Account Requirement Aug 25, 2020, 17:27
Aug 25, 2020, 17:27
 
Yikes, how did I miss this headline the first time around? Facebook has the dubious distinction of being one of a handful of sites that I permanently block at the DNS level. Creating an account is not an option I'm willing to negotiate.
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Re: Quake Giveaways Arrive This Week
Aug 10, 2020, 12:48
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Re: Quake Giveaways Arrive This Week Aug 10, 2020, 12:48
Aug 10, 2020, 12:48
 
Been a while since I've played any of these. There were never any official multiplayer servers IIRC, and I'm guessing the community servers have been dead and buried for a while... or am I mistaken? I see exactly 0 players for Gloom (my old Q2 mod favorite).
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Re: 83.15 GB?!
Aug 6, 2020, 23:07
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Re: 83.15 GB?! Aug 6, 2020, 23:07
Aug 6, 2020, 23:07
 
Ant wrote on Aug 6, 2020, 22:56:
What's the biggest PC game size now?

See for yourself! Quantum Break is leading at the moment (178 GB).
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 14, 2020, 11:20
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 14, 2020, 11:20
Jul 14, 2020, 11:20
 
Wow, are propane tank exchanges really $12 in your area? In my area it's nearly double that. Still much cheaper than charcoal, though.
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Re: Sennheiser Announces EPOS Line
Jul 7, 2020, 13:25
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Re: Sennheiser Announces EPOS Line Jul 7, 2020, 13:25
Jul 7, 2020, 13:25
 
Love their headphones; I've got two pairs sitting on my desk right now. All they'd need for gamers is to clip a decent mic to the thing.

My experience with a more traditional "gaming" headset was not great. As Task mentioned, it wasn't as comfortable nor did it sound as good. Additionally I found that using a USB headset instead of analog introduced almost 50ms of extra audio latency, but maybe that's a driver issue that could be remedied.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jul 6, 2020, 11:06
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Re: Out of the Blue Jul 6, 2020, 11:06
Jul 6, 2020, 11:06
 
One of my relatives was killed by complications from a fall and another was permanently disabled with serious brain damage after tripping on the stairs. The latter was very fit for a 50yo. Falls are no joke!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 26, 2020, 16:18
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 26, 2020, 16:18
Jun 26, 2020, 16:18
 
Hornet sightings trigger an immediate escalation to DEFCON 2 and deployment of chemical warfare, while the rest of the family cowers under a blanket at the other end of the house. There will be screaming.

EDIT: I've been stung roughly 20 times over the years, mostly when I was very young, so I have zero sympathy.
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Re: Get Total Annihilation: Commander Pack for Free
Jun 5, 2020, 15:37
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Re: Get Total Annihilation: Commander Pack for Free Jun 5, 2020, 15:37
Jun 5, 2020, 15:37
 
Check out Zero-K for a free RTS that started out as a Total Annihilation clone. Chicken Defense is a particularly fun game mode IMO, despite the strange name.
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Re: Steam Cloud Play Beta Launches
May 29, 2020, 09:19
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Re: Steam Cloud Play Beta Launches May 29, 2020, 09:19
May 29, 2020, 09:19
 
Geez, I can just barely tolerate the extra display latency when playing games on my TV vs. monitor. It's about 50ms of extra latency. Granted, my TV probably sucks. Can't imagine trying to stream junk on top of that.

Maybe it would work for card games - Hearthstone, Slay the Spire, etc... but anything with 3d navigation would drive me bananas. Not to mention trying to aim, or time jumps properly...
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 20, 2020, 11:19
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Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2020, 11:19
May 20, 2020, 11:19
 
We used to have an elliptical. Younger me thought it would be a cost savings compared to a gym membership - and maybe it was, for a while. But then the machine broke down and it was going to cost $600+ to fix. Meanwhile, Planet Fitness opened up nearby with a very competitive membership fee.

The elliptical lasted 4 or 5 years, so we did get our money out of it, but the gym provides better variety and the membership card doesn't take up half the floor space in my bedroom.
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Roadmap
May 18, 2020, 09:26
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Roadmap May 18, 2020, 09:26
May 18, 2020, 09:26
 
Picked the game up on Friday and I'm having a blast so far. Internet connection died over the weekend, so I had to do most of it solo, but it's still an enjoyable experience with just the bot. If you find the early levels "boring" you can always crank up the difficulty slider.

Similar to L4D, it's a nice mix of pacing. There are calm periods of casual exploration mixed in with hectic battles against swarms of aliens. Most missions end in a climactic escape sequence that has you trying to navigate your way back to a (random?) LZ while the timer is ticking down and aliens are constantly bursting through the walls to get you. The devs have done a great job of taking full advantage of their destructible terrain engine.

I was amazed by the complexity of one of the levels I encountered last night. My jaw hasn't hit the floor like that since finding the huge Dwemer caverns in Skyrim.
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Re: Steam Play Next Launches
May 15, 2020, 14:32
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Re: Steam Play Next Launches May 15, 2020, 14:32
May 15, 2020, 14:32
 
Hmm, my top recommendation was Borderlands: GOTY Enhanced, because I've played Borderlands: GOTY. And my next recommendation was Bioshock: Remastered, because I played Bioshock for roughly 4 hours before abandoning it.

I certainly wouldn't call the recommendations a slam dunk, but at least they don't seem random.
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Leaves Early Access
May 13, 2020, 16:19
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Leaves Early Access May 13, 2020, 16:19
May 13, 2020, 16:19
 
Ack, I'm really interested in this one, but my offspring will probably have me playing the new Terraria update (coming Saturday) for a solid month.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
May 6, 2020, 16:39
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Re: Morning Consolidation May 6, 2020, 16:39
May 6, 2020, 16:39
 
ME1 is mostly OK, but the inventory management system was bad, and driving that stupid buggy around (especially on procedurally generated terrain) was clunky as hell.The rest of the trilogy holds up quite well.
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
May 6, 2020, 11:49
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Re: Morning Safety Dance May 6, 2020, 11:49
May 6, 2020, 11:49
 
These are generic database records, not individual users. Every credit card transaction, chat log, etc... is a separate record. So you'd expect dozens (or more) records per active user. Still, it's a lot of data.
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Re: Game Reviews
Apr 23, 2020, 12:02
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Re: Game Reviews Apr 23, 2020, 12:02
Apr 23, 2020, 12:02
 
Never played the old Trials of Mana, but I did play the Secret of Mana on SNES. Alas, what the game has clearly lost in the transition to 3D is the ability to play local co-op. That was the defining feature in my memory - couldn't tell you a thing about the plot, lol.
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
Apr 7, 2020, 12:50
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Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 7, 2020, 12:50
Apr 7, 2020, 12:50
 
My machine bricked all night...

If you were able to roll back the update then the machine was never bricked, just hung up. Bricked is a permanent state i.e. irreparable by the end user.
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Re: Terraria Sells 30 Million
Apr 1, 2020, 15:56
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Re: Terraria Sells 30 Million Apr 1, 2020, 15:56
Apr 1, 2020, 15:56
 
I find exploration in Terraria to be quite fun, but earlier versions of the game had less interesting caves. Things opened up a lot once we got underground mine tracks.

Bad RNG can might influence your experience. If you start in a world without easy access to deep caves then it can be kindof a pain to dig deep enough to find interesting encounters.

The jungle area is probably the easiest area to explore without a lot of digging, but at the same time it's also too difficult for newbies without upgraded gear.
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