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EA think you'll be playing Anthem for ten yearsEA think you'll be playing Anthem for ten years
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They said the same thing about Destiny
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That's what I was thinking. They already got a lot of flak online for looking like a destiny clone, but this is just too blatant.

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition remasters a classic RTSAge of Empires: Definitive Edition remasters a classic RTS
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Second most exciting thing yet, next to Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Absolutely loved this game as a kid. 2 never got my interest like the first one, and then Empire Earth came out, then Homeworld, and there really hasn't been an RTS to match those three since for me.

Hopefully those "gameplay improvements" really are just qol, and not completely game changing/breaking like the Homeworld "remaster."
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June’s Humble Bundle is perfect for wannabe galactic emperorsJune’s Humble Bundle is perfect for wannabe galactic emperors
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Perhaps you should clarify that this was the monthly subscribers bundle, and not the current bundle? You won't get these games unless you were already subscribed last month.

EDIT: that's better.
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I didn’t think Mass Effect: Andromeda could be ruined any more, but Nvidia have done itI didn’t think Mass Effect: Andromeda could be ruined any more, but Nvidia have done it
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Remember when HDtvs came out, and HD channels, and they would run commercials that looked so clean and crisp, and clear, and... HD... Even on a standard low fi tv from the 90s...

All these HDR images, videos etc remind me of that. It doesn't actually look much better than a properly color calibrated monitor. Which is something very few people have experienced, and fewer still actually do.
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1 Month ago
Why didn't Tyranny sell? Paradox on Obsidian's RPG "everyone was hoping would do better"Why didn't Tyranny sell? Paradox on Obsidian's RPG "everyone was hoping would do better"
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PoE was a "spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate" and that was all the lead up it ever needed. It was never just a CRPG back to life, it was Baldur's Gate back to life. That is a huge difference in nostalgia points.

Torment may be a cult classic, but I don't think it was ever as popular as BG I and II. I still replay those. I have them on my iPad now, it's great.

The new torment and tyrany were also reviewed in what I think is very unfavorable light. All I remember from the reviews of the first "not really about combat, can't really die." Which sounds too much like a puzzle game or a visual novel, it really only interests fans of the original. And from the tyranny reviews, "you get to be evil, or eviler. It was so much evil I had a hard time even playing it." < virtually every reviewer I remember. I don't think the desire to play the villain is quite as prevalent among core rpg fans as some would like to think.

I also have zero interest in BG III which just looks like a cash in by the same people who did the "extra content" on the enhanced editions, which are just subpar and contrast terribly with the original content. Even so, I won't be surprised if it sells better than these more niche games.
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Where's the steam controller?

There is nothing else like it, love mine to death. Don't think i could go back to regular pad. Don't need a wheel, or a hotas to play racing or flight sims, either. Just setup the gyro and you're golden. The pads are 10x more accurate than a stick, and the pad/gyro combo can compete with mouse users with just a bit of practice.Reply
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Sorry fella, but I'm really not a fan of the Steam Controller.


Totally get that some people really dig it, but I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone as the best PC pad.


For me a wheel for racing sims is almost as much about the feedback as it is about the sensitivity of the wheel itself. I don't think any pad could replicate that.

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Calling Windows 10 Cloud ‘ransomware’ is a bit much, Mr. Sweeney…Calling Windows 10 Cloud ‘ransomware’ is a bit much, Mr. Sweeney…
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Well there is restrictive, and then there is an OS that doesn't allow you to even run software, by design. At the extreme edge of such practices are things that deserve to be called out for being ridiculous. Hyperbole is a relatively common method of accentuating the ridiculous.


It's not much different than Facebook offering free internet to the third world, that violates net neutrality in most first world countries.


Or on the legality front, the grey area war for forcing users to submit to their distribution platform. No one has managed to 'stop' apple, but it is the reason Jailbreaking had to be defined in a court of law as being perfectly legal. The same reason Google never had a leg to stand on to prevent amazon from essentially poaching it's app store revenue.


If this OS does release like this, I would be surprised if it didn't end up in court for trying to monopolize it's user base. The openness of being able to develop and distribute win32 applications has kept windows safe from such claims for a long time. Barely. It would be pushing the boundaries of legality as much as it does decency.

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You make a reasonable point, and for the most part I agree with you. For some bizarre reason this writer has it out for Sweeney, so his opinion is a compromised one.

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Calling Windows 10 Cloud ‘ransomware’ is a bit much, Mr. Sweeney…Calling Windows 10 Cloud ‘ransomware’ is a bit much, Mr. Sweeney…
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This is a very long winded rant about a very short and simple point.

Locking out win32 applications because of "Security" unless you pay a fee to be able to use a real program, is very dirty and anti-consumer. That's not complicated enough to be a "conspiracy".

Far too many users would be duped into getting a "Windows" pc/tablet, only to find out it's not really windows at all, it doesn't even run exe files, which includes everything on steam. There are a lot of games on steam that will run on a potato, but apparently NOT if that potato is running windows cloud.

Equating a very simple rational with lizard men and flat earthers by calling it a conspiracy is the kind of quality journalism I've come to expect from US politics.Reply
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To be fair it was Sweeney who started using emotive terms such "ransomware" and "steal" in reference to MS potentially creating a restricted, license-free version of their OS.


My point is that saying it's being designed to "steal your Steam PC game library and ransom it back to you" is going a bit far.


Freeware is pretty much always restrictive if there's a paid-for version, isn't it?

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Microsoft promise higher frame rates for Windows 10 in improved Game Mode videoMicrosoft promise higher frame rates for Windows 10 in improved Game Mode video
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Sounds too good to be true, but windows is a horrible memory hog when it comes to certain games, so color me curious.Reply
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No, it's not. This is a far too common misunderstanding of memory allocation works in a modern OS like win 10.


it'll use whats available is the short response.


unused RAM is wasted RAM.


Same goes for video memory. just cause a game uses 4-6 gig does not mean it needs it. it'll intelligently re-assign RAM and VRAM as needed.


nowadays you cannot take the amount of RAM or VRAM that has been used as being a good indicator of what is needed, but that is a good thing.

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The five technological advances vital to deshitifying virtual realityThe five technological advances vital to deshitifying virtual reality
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I am still thinking Hololens has greater potential. Sure, AR isn't as flashy and cool and 80s pop culture as VR, but it's the most likely to succeed and be useful, even in low level implementation. It doesn't have to be a perfect experience to potentially be a great one.

I look forward to the day a pair of sunglasses replace my smartphone.Reply
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Agreed. But I've had the chance to test a Hololens and my lasting impression (and that of other people who tried) was that it was very cool but not very game-y. It's got massive potential for engineering or other very technically demanding production or construction tasks but entertainment is definitely just a side thing.


It's not just sunglasses replacing a smartphone though - I mean you could, but it would be a horribly wasteful use of the potential. The Hololens is more for a specialized worker who can access a fully detailed 3d blueprint without having to step away from the point of conflict in their production.

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monkeyfritz replied to 10 questions on the No Man's Sky Review
10 Months ago
No Man's Sky review snippet How much freedom does No Man's Sky give you?
Absolute. Apart from a very short tutorial, which you can pretty much ignore, you are the master of your journey into the unknown. Or not. Progress, or don't. Unlock more tech, or bigger ships, or don't. Spend five minutes on each planet, exploring as much of the universe as you can, or spend days at a time on each planet. It's all up to you. Hand holding is not on display here. Apparently 'gamers' have completely forgotten how to play anything that isn't on rails. There is so much to do, and so much to see and experience in this game. But you have to actually discover it. It's not going to just happen to you automatically.
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