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Posted by warreni on 19 September 2020 - 02:40 PM

Guy is doing God's work if you ask me...

Also thar explains why I was seeing auctions offering only a picture of an RTX 3080 with thousands and thousands of dollars.


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Posted by warreni on 18 September 2020 - 07:24 PM

For certain values of "take advantage". Being able to double your frame rate on your 144hz monitor is pretty nice. Probably not really worth it at 1080p but noticable at 1440p or 4k. It's an enthusiast level card and needs an enthusiast level display to see a worthwhile difference.


VR on a high resolution headset without re-projection. It's worth all the dollars.


Fair enough. I'm probably just not in the target demographic for these cards. 

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Posted by warreni on 18 September 2020 - 05:35 PM

I don't understand this mentality. One of the most anticipated games of the year just released specs suggesting that it will run very well on a GTX series card--and not even a top-of-the-line one at that. Who are these people clamoring to spend thousands of dollars on pointless bleeding-edge tech? 

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Posted by warreni on 18 September 2020 - 03:33 PM

I heard that half the US isn't on fire in the game - unrealistic!

Did any of you guys see the mini-controversy about the Kotaku review of Flight Sim?  Where the reviewer spent the whole review complaining that some mine was not actually in the game and that made the game bad and then people in the comments pointed out to him that he flew to the wrong place and the mine was actually in the game? 



No. This is one of those things that makes me sad about the internet. I read the first few paragraphs of that article, which seemed interminable like many Kotaku articles, and I got the sense that it was frankly about everything except whether Flight Simulator is a good game. Like the reddit guy, I'm perfectly fine with people writing articles like this, but they really shouldn't pretend they're game reviewers at that point. This is more of a cultural and sociopolitical commentary than a game review. And I'm not sure I'd put a lot of stock in the opinion of a person who candidly admits that his 41 flights in this game ended "in disaster." That looks suspiciously like you wrote a non-review because you're actually terrible at this game. While I'm not saying I'd do any better, and I probably wouldn't, that suggests that you're probably not even the target audience for this particular bit o' software. 

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Posted by warreni on 18 September 2020 - 03:05 PM

Does Microsoft Flight Simulator have an actual game attached to it .

Well, that's a loaded question. It depends on what you call a game. 


From what I've been reading, the gamey parts involve flying over various parts of the world that used to exist like south Florida, California, and Oregon and daydreaming about what that world was like. 

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Posted by warreni on 16 September 2020 - 06:11 PM


Sure. . . okay, but. . . why is it PEGI 18?  :-k

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Posted by warreni on 15 September 2020 - 02:48 PM

I'm on the fence about writing reviews at this point. It's starting to feel like masturbating, only less fun and just as depressing. I will just toss this out there: Beyond Blue is good for that subset of you who spend hours of your lives watching David Attenborough documentaries (that's me). It's not much of a game in the sense of doing things to achieve some sort of objective--most of what you do is control a diver and press buttons to interact with objects or scan marine life to collect facts and 3D models you can view back on your submarine. There's a hint of a story, but not much of one to be found and what's there revolves around a mysterious resurgence in leatherback-turtle populations, the lives of a pod of whales, and deep-sea mining operations disturbing marine ecosystems. There are only four characters in the game, and they're all fairly shallow as representations of humanity. The soundtrack will have some decent mileage or none at all--it depends profoundly on your musical tastes. There are also videos that discuss a variety of topics relating to the animals and phenomena that you discover on your meandering dives that you can view on your submarine. It's not a long experience; I completed all the dives in < 10 hours. I bought it at launch for $20, and I thought it was quite worthwhile. 

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Posted by warreni on 14 September 2020 - 04:47 PM

And Fanaticals bundlefest starts off with a fumble...



I'm. . . actually interested in Act of Aggression, because I clearly don't have enough backlogged RTS games.  :shock:

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Posted by warreni on 14 September 2020 - 04:23 PM

I'm also wondering why it seems as though everyone I encountered in post-apocalyptic Colorado spoke with a strong Southern accent. As a guy who's lived in the Deep South most of his life and has only briefly passed through modern-day Colorado, I could posit several potential explanations for this, but it goes curiously unremarked-upon in the game.  :-k

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Posted by warreni on 14 September 2020 - 03:25 PM

Beat Wasteland 3 after about 60 hours of play.  Easily could have dragged that out further since there were still undiscovered locations on my m


My criticism earlier was that the game made it difficult to justify changing up your party once you settled in and I still feel the same.  If and when I play again, I'll know to pass on some companions I used this time to save space and not devote too much effort to temporary fill-ins but, for a first time play through, I found myself feeling like I was taking steps backwards to accept anyone after the first quarter or so of the game.  There's no stable of companions either -- if you dismiss someone then they leave for good and if you refuse their offer the first time, there's no second chances.  On the positive side, the people I encountered later were mostly a bunch of real douchebags and putzes so I didn't feel too bad about leaving them behind.




Here's what I don't quite understand about this, Syntax: once you start adding stuff to your base in Colorado Springs, you can go back and fill in your roster with pre-rolled or user-generated NPCs. I didn't have anybody with high brawling or lockpicking or explosives skills in my original group, so I filled in my gaps with a character I made. The game even lets you pick which weapon the person starts with. This should have offset any issues you had with new companion types not being sufficiently skilled to be of use. I'm actually not really seeing (I'm only about 15 hours in myself) much of a difference in gameplay terms between companions and ranger NPCs, aside from the occasional bit of extra dialog with an NPC who's not in your party. I haven't seen any semblance of party interactions in a similar vein to Baldur's Gate

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Posted by warreni on 09 September 2020 - 03:05 AM

What do people think of deep fried pizza?  Or am I the only scot here.

I have no idea what that is, but it's got to be better than whatever that monstrosity is that OrangeCat posted. My eyes are still bleeding.

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Posted by warreni on 08 September 2020 - 02:53 AM

Better offerings in the low end requires pressure from below.

[insert Beavis and Butthead meme here]


SiN (original game) is getting a Remaster from Nightdive.
SiN Reloaded - Trailer:

Finish SiN: Episodes -- then, we'll talk.


On that note does it mean you are killing one of them and using as fertilizer or are they hare eating carrots?

 I'm pretty sure it means rabbits f*cking carrots, so take that image back home with you.

Alright STOP...


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Posted by warreni on 07 September 2020 - 12:13 AM

I've put in about 30 hours this week playing Divinity: Original Sin 2 and been loving every minute of it.  You can dip into so many different classes with all of your characters now and there are basically no drawbacks.  The loot is a lot of fun.  There are multiple ways to complete many of the quests.  Sebille the rogue has been my MVP of the first couple acts.  Larian Studios rocks.  They're right up there as one of my top3 favorite developers along with FromSoftware and CD Projekt Red.


Don't think that I'm going to be paying $59.99 for BG3 early access though.  That goes against my values.  It's really not a good look to be charging people that much for a mere 25 hour slice of content from the main game. 

I had fun with D:OS2, but then I remembered I hadn't played the first one, so I started it. The combat wasn't quite as varied, the characters weren't as interesting, and the difficulty level was punishing. Also, the murder mystery the game throws at you in the beginning is rather excruciating. After 14 hours, I had had enough. I plan to jump back into the second game in the near future and hope it has more longevity.


Well, if it goes against your principles, okay. But it's technically charging people $60 to play an early version of the game which will gradually unfold into the full game that everyone else will still have to pay $60 to play.

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Posted by warreni on 06 September 2020 - 02:20 PM

Secondly, and this is a familiar RPG issue, you get enough companions early on to fill out your group and then meet other potential companions later.  Except that the people you meet are six levels below you with crap gear and you've already arranged your current companions how you like and developed a rhythm for using them in battle.  And Wasteland 3 is a game that rewards specialization -- a character with Mechanics: 9 and a character with Lockpicking: 10 are worth much more than two characters with a six in each.  So asking you to trade out someone that you've laboriously gotten to high skill levels (costs ramp up as you level) just so you can get a new face and new dialogue lines is a bit much of a lift.  I've come across a couple people I could have join but I just can't justify it.

I hadn't gotten deeply enough into it for this to be a problem yet, but this is really weird. Most modern RPGs solve this problem by levelling your new companions to at least within a level of your PC whenever you find them, and there seems to be no reason I can conceive that inXile wouldn't take the same approach (the gear issue is a little harder to handle, but only if the companions don't have specialized gear that levels up with them).


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Posted by warreni on 04 September 2020 - 03:14 AM

Baldur's Gate 3 will launch for $59.99 in early access and will not be available via third party sellers.

Call me a RAG all you want, but I'm all-in on that. Heck, I have a birthday in September.