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Jodwin

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  1. fraggle said:

    Have you really not been paying attention over the past few years? This is exactly what has been happening. Blockbuster is the obvious example but there are others. In the UK at least, Zavvi (formerly Virgin Megastores) died several years ago, and HMV went into administration last year. Those were the two biggest music store chains and HMV seems to have only stayed alive by switching its focus more towards DVD sales instead. I don't expect it to last much longer.

    Realistically, any company whose business model is "selling information in a physical shop" is pretty much doomed at this stage. I expect video game shops to hang around a few more years until Steam finishes eating their lunch. Book shops have managed to stave off their fate by selling coffee as well as books, plus e-book readers still don't have quite enough critical mass yet. But other than specialist book shops I doubt they'll be around much longer either.

    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. Archi said:

    WTF, Broforce isn't even finished yet, but it's on the list.

    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. RUSH said:

    So, I'm curious what you guys think about frame rate not only in Doom but all other games in general (especially more modern ones.) Is it worth sacrificing that precious 60 fps for better graphics? Do games with 35 fps give you problems or alleviate them? How about before and after the application of motion blur - a helpful smoothing of lower frame rate or a nauseating mess?

    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.


  4. geo said:

    Hmmmm so why can't PS4 be more plug and play with $50 - $200 graphic card upgrades to unscrew, slide out of the back then add them?

    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.


  5. FireFish said:

    And if your 1K machine can run FarCry4 on very high settings then you might just be running at playstation 4 quality anyways.

    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.


  6. FireFish said:

    the adult 'gamers' need to grow up and be realistic...
    Most gamers on the planet are running the newest games with reduced quality settings because their pc cant handle it... to give an example ; last week i almost died in laughter with a total biscuit review about the new farcry where he said his pc could NOT handle the game so the quality settings where around mid-range... and then he started to complain about the texture quality on the rocks and walls.

    the playstation 4 has an eight core APU, the graphics on the ps4 are above what many people their pc can handle... not everybody can buy a pc ''masta rayce'' computer worth 6000 ''dollaz or yurowz''. This is not 2004 where a 600 dollar computer with a 2 gigahertz single core cpu and 500 megabyte of memory was put against the ps2 its drastically lower specs...

    if modern 2000 dollar computers cant handle the latest assasins creed at maximum, or the latest farcry... yes, what a shame when people pay one time for an 700 dollar console running everything at a superb comfortable image quality. Ah the luxery and saved money... And it can play movies and put the internet on your tv to ?

    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.


  7. Mithral_Demon said:

    Dusting does nothing to performance, dusting prevents the computer from overheating.

    ...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.


  8. GoatLord said:

    You ever had a friend or family member who keeps getting into bad shit? Someone says they stole this, lied about that, cheated on this person or that person, won't pay child support, etc., and you wonder, "Is this person having incredibly shitty luck, or is there a kernel of truth here?" Most famous celebrities don't suddenly have numerous people accusing them of something as serious as sexual assault. Seems to me that when that happens, there's a good chance something went down somewhere. I really don't think most people are malicious enough to try to fuck up someone's career for a pretty penny they may not even see.

    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.


  9. 40oz said:

    At a very basic level, is the construction of an english sentence known? For example, would someone who knows little english be familiar with similes, or metaphors? prepositional phrases? stuff like that.

    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.


  10. Hellbent said:

    Do you think they are a good way to go? I'm thinking of possibly getting the entry level Vanquish II.

    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.


  11. 40oz said:

    so I ask, what are some tips for someone who only knows one language and knows it well, to be able to speak coherently to someone who is only a beginner?

    Back in high school my English teacher said that if we aren't confident enough in our English we should write our essays as if we were communicating with a 3-year-old. So that would be my recommendation as well: If the person you're talking with has only rudimentary English skills, then talk to him with language similar to what you'd use with a small child.


  12. Bucket said:

    That [book about 9/11 conspiracy theories / government rebuttal / Bible / atheist manifesto] is only one of many sources. I hesitate to spam this thread with articles, because it's not my responsibility to inform people. I assume they're as informed as I am until proven otherwise; they have the same access to the same information as I do. The difference, it seems, is that I can discern which sources are irrefutable fact, which are tinfoil-hat speculation, and which are repeated lies. Would you like an illustration?

    Yeah, no, you don't really get to pull that card just because you've chosen to support a side which holds the moral high ground in your eyes.


    @Freeze: And how many of those sources provide a neutral point of view instead of repeating and thus reinforcing an already existing narrative? Having ten supposedly reputable sources echoing the same story is no different than having one source, that's how it works in academia as well: You don't copy someone else's work, you do your own individual research which produces its own results that are then reported as-is. So lets see those medias put some actual journalistic effort into their work and maybe they'll be worth a thing as sources. Or do you consider the cited Guardian article, titled "How to attack a woman who works in video gaming" to be worth a damn?


  13. To Bucket and co: I like how you tend to blame pro-GG people of confirmation bias with their sources while ignoring the fact that you yourself only use non-neutral anti-GG sources. Could you maybe call that...confirmation bias? ;)

    Bucket said:

    And since I'm absolutely certain you paid no attention to the article I posted, Here's a relevant image from that page.

    There's proof of one sockpuppeted twitter account? THE HORROR. Now how is this one single account supposed to be proof of anything other than whoever created it (which could be either a 100-year old Tibetan monk or a 10-year old girl from Peru for all we know) just wanted to add to the noise. You've got to have more than that to prove anything else in the chaotic mess that is internet.


  14. Conceptually, Hatred seems like a shitty game, but that's not a reason enough for it not to exist. In terms of violence the developers are free to have as much of it going on as they want to - it's our part as potential customers to decide whether we'd want to play what they're making or not. Mechanically, though, it seems like nothing more than a horde mode game where most of the targets are running from you instead of trying to kill you. Horde modes are ridiculously boring as is, and if most of the "enemies" aren't even going to pose a threat in Hatred, it's sounding like the most tedious game ever. Skip.

    Infirnex said:

    Also, Hatred steals the Doom font for it's logo.

    The Doom logo, which itself is the most original thing ever.


  15. scifista42 said:

    I wish all people told truth, and were polite, respectful and tolerable to others (even to those who don't seem polite). Then, without changing anything else, all world's humanity-related problems would disappear, I believe.

    However, you're making the false assumption that telling the truth is, in all cases, polite, respectful and tolerable to others. That is not the case, though. Telling someone that they were wrong can be considered extremely rude depending on the cultural context, even if you were being honest in doing so. See saving face, for example.

    To Sokoro's question, there's no simple answer to your question: It all depends on the situation. Maybe you can be more direct with your closest friends, but speaking your mind with business partners can be a terrible idea. Not only that, but the culture you're in matters just as much if not more. There's nothing wrong with white lies if it saves both you and the other person trouble by avoiding some local faux-pas.


  16. From what I heard the game gives very little information on what you're supposed to do, so most of it is blind trial and error with a punishing checkpoint system and random item drops (do you get more ammo or not? no one knows!). It's somewhat telling that apparently reviewers were given an outright walkthrough for beating the game.

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