Jodwin

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  1. Or unlike the delusional people here I understand how markets work. One store dying does not automatically mean that a market is no more financially profitable, rather, it only means that there was no more space for as many competitors as before. Not to mention I know better not to confuse game markets with unrelated businesses: Blockbuster was a rental service which is not comparable to retailers as they work to serve different user needs, and you can't compare music to console games as the consumer behaviour and expecations between them are very different. Steam is never going to kill game retailers for a very simple reason: Game retailers make their money from console games, while Steam makes its money from PC games. These are two entirely separate markets. GameStop reported a net income in 2013, which they would have never done if they were struggling as you seem to believe. Those consumers who buy consoles are used to the idea of purchasing physical copies of video games even while we're just fine with renting ours from Steam, and that behaviour model isn't going to disappear overnight. Not to mention that to buy a console in the first place you need to get it from one kind of a retailer or an other - more often than not that same retailer is also going to be selling physical copies of video games for that same system. @geekmarine: The reason for day 1 patches is exactly what geo mentioned: It takes literally months to get a console game from the programmer's hard drive into Gamestop for sale. During that time it needs to go through a couple of rounds of internal quality assurance for both Microsoft and Sony, it needs to be sent to production plants for printing on DVDs and finally shipped overseas from China to all over the world and piled on the shelves of your nearby game store. Rather than considering day 1 patches bad we should happy to have them, because at least nowadays developers can utilize all that dead time by working on the games.
  2. AGDQ has always had a couple of "weird" games for speedrunning, and Broforce fits the bill perfectly because it's ridiculously random. So it being on the list despite being work in progress is fine because it's never going to be a serious speedrunning game anyway. Unless the developers add a fixed randomless-mode, that is.
  3. Blockbuster didn't have Black Friday and holiday season sales on its side, though.
  4. The only way we might see digital only systems is if retail stores go out of business. As long as they're still a big enough source of revenue physical copies will stay.
  5. It's perfectly possible that some people get motion sickness, or issues related to motion sickness, on higher fps, just the same way that some people get sick in a car or on a boat. I recall hearing anecdotes that some get motion sickness because of weapon bobbing in Doom, and it would only make sense that those effects would be increased on higher frame rate. You could try disabling that and see if it helps. Your initial conversion into the church of high fps wasn't wrong, since objectively speaking more frames is better. But since you yourself are subject to motion sickness from games then obviously you have to try and circumvent those issues with whatever works for you.
  6. For a couple of reasons: First of all, the extra cost from the more complicated engineering would increase the system price significantly, lowering initial hardware sales which further on means you'll have a smaller player base meaning less revenue from game licensing fees. Second, the kind of people who prefer consoles do not want modularity. Not only would it increase the total cost of your console over the years if you keep buying upgrades, but if you don't upgrade you wouldn't know what games you can buy. I remember seeing plaques in markets saying that DS can't run 3DS games because otherwise people might mistakenly buy 3DS games for their kids' old DSs. Imagine if Joe Shmoes had to figure out which of the ten different PS or XBox configurations their kids had when buying Christmas presents... There's a reason why today we laugh at all the Sega expansions instead of considering them the pinnacle of classic console design. ;) @hg: There really isn't a point. The Steambox is in that weird space where console enthusiast probably don't care about its features, and PC gamers who'd want to play on a TV are more likely to buy an HDMI cable or a wireless transmitter instead of an expensive specialist computer in addition to their desktop.
  7. I'm fairly sure PS4 can't run it at +60 fps on 1080p. I could easily max the settings, but that would drop the performance to the peasantry 30-40 frames per second, which I find unplayable. So sure, in theory any console can easily put out the same graphical fidelity that TB's monster box can, but that doesn't mean they would do that on a playable speed.
  8. Buuuullshiiiii~t. Far Cry 4 was released with a poorly optimized PC port which you couldn't run properly without the latest NVidia drivers that were released after the game was out (assuming you're using an NVidia card, of course), and even then it had massive stuttering issues that could only be fixed by forcing the game to use shitty textures through a config file. Only this week they released a patch that fixes the stuttering issue for most people, although some have reported even worse performance. That's got absolutely nothing to do with hardware performance and all with shitty PC port programmers at Ubisoft Kiev. Personally, I can now run FarCry 4 on very high settings constantly at 60-90 fps on a $1k machine. Your consoles with lots of super slow cores will never get anywhere close in performance because Amdahl's law's a bitch. That's science, unlike your MULTIPLY CORES BY HURTZ TO GET POWARRR -maths.
  9. Then why doesn't every country have the same violent crime rates, if violent behavior is so ingrained in our genes?
  10. ...which can mean the same thing. Most modern components throttle their performance if the computer is getting too hot to avoid overheating, so in theory dusting your computer could improve performance. Of course that only applies if you're hitting those temperature caps. You can also avoid cleaning your box if you've got a case with some filters in it: My case is next to my bed on the floor, and it had virtually no dust inside after a year of use.
  11. Nowadays I'm partial to Mini Metro. Sometimes less is more, after all.
  12. Yeah, as if no one has ever falsely accused someone else of sexual assault in the hopes of getting unfair compensations. It is, in fact, even more likely when it's about a celebrity: Assuming that you do get to court and the court happens to rule in your favor you would get paid even more. And even if things wouldn't escalate that far there's a chance that the celeb's PR team would try to silence you with money which, since the whole thing was fabricated to begin with, would be a win for you. Now, you may say that there's no way anyone would try something as stupid as that. No way false accusations of sexual assault could hold in court. But that's the thing: There's often no hard evidence one way or an other in cases like this, so it comes down to word against word. For predatory people like that cases such as Cosby are a potential gold mine: Someone else is already is accusing them, so you might as well join in! Let's make him look even worse and increase our collective chances of getting money! Not to mention the whole copycat theory where impressionable people copy others for whatever reasons. If you ask me, the fact that the accusations are suddenly surfacing all together makes them look even less real for the reasons I just mentioned. Thus, innocent until proven guilty.
  13. At a basic level English has a fairly simple sentence structure: Subject-Verb-Object(-How-Where-When). For example, "John drives a car slowly on the street." You should definitely avoid using similes, and metaphors are an absolute no-no unless you're certain the other person is fluent in English. Using simple prepositional phrases should be safe, but again, avoid anything even remotely complicated. An other thing to consider with English is that you should avoid using contractions like "I've", "won't", "they'll" and so on. Not only can they be confusing if the other person isn't familiar with them, but they also make your speech harder to understand. If you've never really listened to any foreign languages yourself then one thing you could try is this: Find foreign TV shows or vlogs or other videos on Youtube and listen to the people talking. Try to pick off words or sentences from casual speech - you should notice that it's not too easy. Instead the foreign speech can turn into an incomprehensible mess where you can't even tell syllables apart. That's how most basic English speakers feel too: It doesn't necessarily matter how good their overall knowledge of English is if they aren't familiar with how it sounds outside of a classroom. It's unfortunate that in most countries foreign TV shows are dubbed, because subbed TV is really a great source for getting a feel for how a language sounds.
  14. Absolutely not, that basic Vanquish II is garbage for the money. The price/performance -ratio gets a bit better on the more expensive Vanquish builds, but you'd still get a better deal building it yourself.