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monkeyfritz commented on
6 Days 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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3 Weeks ago
Odds for a Dota 2 treasure chest published according to Chinese law, others to followOdds for a Dota 2 treasure chest published according to Chinese law, others to follow
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You know they will be adjusting the odds for china.

First off, it makes financial sense, if there is a limit to how much players are allowed to spend, then they will change the odds to favor the most players paying the maximum amount.

Secondly, if revealed odds in china look 'fair' (ish) it will trick people into thinking they have better odds in other markets.
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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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3 Months ago
Think of the Fenrisian Wolves: Peta ask Games Workshop to cut fur from Warhammer figuresThink of the Fenrisian Wolves: Peta ask Games Workshop to cut fur from Warhammer figures
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“while we appreciate that these are fictional characters, "

No. No, I don't think you do.

Try devoting some energy to stopping child slavery, or something actually productive and benificial to society. But no, we'd rather rage over a fake animal's fake fur on a fake character in a fictional setting.

For petas sake.
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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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4 Months ago
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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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A smartphone IS a horrible waste of its potential. We put men on the moon with less computing power.


Smartphones are also nearly a dozen generations ahead of where they started. The iPhone really wasn't that great of a device, it couldn't do anything a Pocket PC or a Blackberry couldn't do, but those were 'industry devices,' and the iPhone was targeted at consumers. It also had a technological breakthrough in capacitive touch screen. And critics were fond of saying "Who needs a computer in their pocket, outside of industry?"


But along came newer and better models. And now they are ubiquitous the world over. No one needs a smartphone, but everyone 'needs' a smartphone.


The iPhone was also a terrible gaming device. Everyone agreed, and no one gave it a second thought. Games on Pocket PC, Blackberry, Palm Pilot, were also a joke.


Then along came angry birds and made millions. Now I can play Baldur's Gate I and II on my tablet. Without even listing any other games, that alone makes it a worthy contender as a portable gaming device for me. The hololens will see it's gaming revolution too, all devices do.

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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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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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It'll be restricted to the Windows store because Microsoft REALLY wants that to take off, to the point where they would sacrifice anything to get it to take off. Seriously at this point I think they're desperate enough that they would torpedo the Halo franchise just to get people to use it.
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They went so far as to build an entire OS around it (win 8) out of App Store Envy (who wouldn't be envious of a 30% cut across the board for a billion dollar market?), So I would not put it past them.


But even their OWN universal apps are featureless garbage compared to the exe versions. A waste of space and time for a PC user.

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monkeyfritz replied to 10 questions on the No Man's Sky Review
9 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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