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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 310 (Amateur)
User ID 6134
 
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News Comments > DirectX 12 Ray Tracing Support Plans
8. Re: DirectX 12 Ray Tracing Support Plans Mar 20, 2018, 08:38 The Pyro
 
Are they actually running ray-traced ambient occlusion in real time? That's extremely impressive. None of the scene geometry was moving around, though, so I can't tell if the ambient occlusion was pre-baked or not.  
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News Comments > MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries Video Teases New Biomes
21. Re: MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries Video Teases New Biomes Mar 16, 2018, 12:48 The Pyro
 
Goodtry wrote on Mar 16, 2018, 00:20:
What's wrong with Mechwarrior online?

I played MWO regularly for 3 years or so since closed beta. I had a lot of fun; the core gameplay is solid, and it's very rewarding to play with a committed team on voice comms. But frankly their F2P business model has had several negative repercussions. In no particular order:

- The game is extremely grindy unless you've got deep pockets
- Power creep has made the game P2W at times because the newest mechs (which are often OP) are only available to paying customers
- There's not much variety in the game modes, and FW (Faction Warfare, the persistent universe) is basically a ghost town
- PGI seems to cater to the most mediocre players when making balance decisions, presumably to keep the dollars flowing

There's a new 1 vs 1 game mode coming soon, though, and I might try it out.
 
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Trailer
14. Re: BATTLETECH Trailer Mar 15, 2018, 09:03 The Pyro
 
The beta has been available to anyone who backed the game.

The lowest two backer levels ($25 and $35) did not include access to the beta. Also, the beta only included Skirmish mode i.e. random fights outside a campaign setting.
 
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News Comments > White House Games Meeting Thursday
13. Re: White House Games Meeting Thursday Mar 6, 2018, 12:58 The Pyro
 
Gun lobby desperately searches for a scapegoat that is not guns.  
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Next Week
6. Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Next Week Feb 20, 2018, 11:29 The Pyro
 
So I basically just want a more modern version of Freespace 2. A single-player space combat sim with fun scripted missions and an engaging story line. Has anything like that been produced in the last 5 years?

I had hopes for Star Citizen's initial goals, but the scope of that game seems to have grown beyond what I think I'd enjoy.
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Bestiary League Next Month
10. Re: Path of Exile Bestiary League Next Month Feb 16, 2018, 14:04 The Pyro
 
Six-linking an item of your choice is very expensive. But if you just want any old six-link, you can farm the Humility card in the Blood Aqueducts and turn in a full set for a Tabula. This doesn't take too long, and no trading is required. This approach takes 1 or 2 hours, depending on your clear speed.

The *fastest* way to get a 6-link is to purchase a Tabula or a failed Vaal armor from another player. Vaal orbs have a small chance to reroll your item and possibly 6-link it, so there are generally a good number of Vaal'd items with 6 links up for sale at any given time. You can't change the socket colors, though, so you gotta search for the right combination for your build. This method will cost you as little as 10 to 15 chaos orbs. You can get chaos orbs easily using the chaos recipe.

Unless you play a lot, it's very expensive to six-link an item of your choosing. It's a 1-in-1000 chance when using an Orb of Fusing, and those are difficult to acquire in bulk without trading for them. That's like 30 hours of grinding at my (admittedly casual) pace? If you don't want to trade, you can acquire 6-socket items and vendor them for 7 jeweler orbs, which can be used to buy fusings directly from NPCs.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2017, 10:40 The Pyro
 
Good luck with that, Blue! For me a sore throat just means that it's October.  
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Video Catch-up
19. Re: Borderlands 3 Video Catch-up Aug 7, 2017, 09:39 The Pyro
 
Loot games will always feel like the loot sucks and it takes too long to gear up your character. It just comes down to math. The quality of each drop is basically distributed on a bell curve. The longer you play, the more your existing equipment gets shifted toward the tail end of that curve... which means it becomes exponentially more unlikely to find even better gear.

The situation is improved somewhat while you're still leveling, because that puts constant upward pressure on the quality of the drops.

Now that's certainly an argument to be made that perhaps the game should hide low-quality loot. Path of Exile uses detailed, customizable loot filters for this very reason. But even in that community there are big differences of opinion on what kinds of loot ought to be hidden, and the criteria varies quite a bit between characters. I don't think that's necessarily a good direction for Borderlands to take, given that Borderlands caters a (slightly?) more casual audience. Additionally, customizable loot filters seem like a ridiculous solution for consoles.

At the end of the day, though, there are a lot of players who get a huge thrill out of smashing loot piņatas, even if most of the loot is crap. Lootsplosions will trigger the reward center of your brain consistently.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
11. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 11:20 The Pyro
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 11:01:
Also, I feel like some here pick and choose their battles oddly...What everyone here says is "you're better off not trying!"

No, that's an oversimplification. What has been said is that you're better off not trying IF you don't have the resources (read: people) to do a good job, and if the job in question is not a core part of the game.

Animations are a core part of the game in Mass Effect. Players have high expectations because of previous games in the franchise, and because of other recent gaming experiences. Nearly 100% of your audience expects good animation, and if you fail to deliver good animation then the entire experience suffers. If you don't have the talent to make decent animations then you need to hire better talent.

Diverse NPCs are a nice-to-have at best. A few people will complain if their favorite lifestyle / culture / gender / whatever is not represented, but these complains are a small part of target audience. Most players don't care if there's a transgeneder character. But they DO care when other core aspects of the game are negatively affected: immersion, character development, plot, etc...
 
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News Comments > StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free
8. Re: StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free Mar 26, 2017, 15:26 The Pyro
 
"Same Timeless Gameplay" - I assume this means they're keeping the 12-unit group maximum?  
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News Comments > Path of Exile The Fall of Oriath Announced
11. Re: Path of Exile The Fall of Oriath Announced Feb 17, 2017, 07:55 The Pyro
 
Disclaimer: usually a solo player in ARPGs, desire to trade with non-friends, zero. Farming currency to trade 'out of the game' is still reason to avoid for me.

This is for you, then: Starting in two weeks, Path of Exile will launch a ladder exclusively for Solo Self-Found (SSF) players. No trading or grouping up allowed. The game will enforce these requirements.
 
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News Comments > Origin Access Free Trial
29. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 15, 2017, 17:03 The Pyro
 
I'm still annoyed at Origin because Mass Effect 3 was released as a Origin-exclusive title on the PC, after ME1 and ME2 were both available via Steam. The last thing I want is to install an ever-growing list of digital distribution platforms as everybody tries to build their own walled garden.

Origin itself was a bit of a resource hog back then. No idea how it runs now.
 
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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: etc. Jan 11, 2017, 09:49 The Pyro
 
I had no trouble getting the best ME3 ending without multiplayer. Having a good ME2 save file helps a ton, though. There are lots of bad consequences in ME3 which can only be avoided if you made the right decisions in previous games. If you start ME3 fresh then there are fewer opportunities to increase your readiness score.  
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News Comments > MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Announced
25. Re: MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Announced Dec 4, 2016, 18:27 The Pyro
 
The biggest complaints about MWO will not even be applicable to this title:

* P2W mechs (i.e. locked behind a pay wall)
* Power creep / hardpoint inflation (generally you want power creep in a single player campaign)
* Lack of [good] objective-based game modes
* Community warfare *ahem* issues

And the devs are a totally different team.

It's a different engine, but based on the Shadowhawk and the Raven in this video they're clearly sharing artwork between projects, and that gives them a significant head start to including a huge variety of mechs in the campaign. There are 72 totally different 3D mech models in MWO right now with more on the way. That's a nice head start.

I think they've got a fair shot at making a good game. Good luck to them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 15, 2016, 18:16 The Pyro
 
Yes, there is a tiny risk to your own health if you get the vaccine. But there is a greater risk to everyone else's health if you don't get it.

It's not the 7 to 10 days of inconvenient flu symptoms you should be worried about. It's the elderly person or infant who dies because you accidentally spread the disease to them.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Free Mech
7. Re: MechWarrior Online Free Mech Nov 11, 2016, 14:12 The Pyro
 
Bumpy wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 13:00:
Meh, let me know where there is a single player campaign added.

I ain't played in several months now, but I would definitely come back for that. We know PGI was experimenting with AI-controlled stuff a while back. Hopefully their big announcement in December is actually big for a change
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Free Mech
4. Re: MechWarrior Online Free Mech Nov 11, 2016, 12:28 The Pyro
 
There's a free mech with no hoops. You just click the link and type in the code. The mech packs, which include multiple variants, are awarded as prizes to a handful of people. You gotta sign up to win those.

The whole promotion is just to raise awareness of the game prior to the big convention / tournament in December.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2016, 11:30 The Pyro
 
On that note, remember that there are still thousands of national guard members who have not received any of the money they were promised for re-upping. My brother is one of them: he signed on the dotted line, got shipped to another continent, and thankfully returned safely. But he still hasn't seen a cent from the promised bonus.

Raise a stink if you can!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
153. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 14:41 The Pyro
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 14:05:
Why let them make a profit at all? WHat's the purpose?

Profit is essential to a capitalist economy like ours because it's the only incentive for new players to innovate in a stagnant industry.

Profits generally aren't a problem unless barriers to entry (i.e. monopolies, patents, etc...) prevent competitors from entering the marketplace and lowering costs. Drug patents certainly qualify here.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 14:09 The Pyro
 
I think I can guess how they obtained a bunch of monkeys with spinal cord injuries. Poor monkeys  
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