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OT Gaming: October 2015

RosePortal Games, the developer of an RPG called Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals recently got caught offering compensation—in the form of free Steam keys—in exchange for Steam reviews. When Valve found out, they weren’t pleased.

Yeah, nothing shady about that…

Anyway, here’s the start of monthly Gaming threads.

Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: October 01, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 719 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   701. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 27, 2017 at 09:28 AM (#5581331)
   702. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 27, 2017 at 09:43 AM (#5581342)
Eh, there is a huge difference between a game that is F2P, and a 60$ AAA title that you paid full freight for.

Also, because it's a multiplayer game, you end up being at a significant disadvantage to people buying crates, so it's harder to earn what you need to get your own (free) crates.

It certainly looks like EA is taking it in the teeth for their decisions relating to BF2 and if so, good. Ultimately the only thing that protects gamers from predatory game design is the willingness of gamers to forego purchasing even the coolest-sounding hot games if they implement these sorts of things. Yeah it hurts to miss out on all the bells and whistles a big-budget AAA title can bring you, but stay strong my brothers. Fight the power.

   703. DJS, the Digital Dandy Posted: November 27, 2017 at 10:45 AM (#5581397)

Cyber Monday question: I'm thinking about getting some new RAM for my current computer, which only has 8 GB right now. It's one that Syzm helped me pick parts for a couple years ago, and it still can play almost every new game at near peak graphics and stay above 50 FPS, but I figure the 8GB ram is currently the weakest link in the chain. The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5, the current ram stick is DDR3-1600.

Never hurts to get more RAM! Though try to get as close to the same specs as possible, ideally the same model. RAM is notoriously temperamental, to the extent that even the same *model* RAM doesn't always cooperate if it wasn't manufactured with the other one. So try to match them as best you can.
   704. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: November 27, 2017 at 12:37 PM (#5581468)
Ultimately the only thing that protects gamers from predatory game design is the willingness of gamers to forego purchasing even the coolest-sounding hot games if they implement these sorts of things.

It's definitely a good sign, especially since there are DLC models that have worked very well for both the companies and the players. The best version of which is probably the CK2/Total Warhammer model of putting the systems into the game, but only letting the player play them if they pay for the upgrade... and having an incredibly rich vanilla game underlying it so players don't feel like they have to buy the DLC just to get the standard experience.
   705. PreservedFish Posted: November 27, 2017 at 12:54 PM (#5581481)
What's the thought on buying an old Wii U vs the Switch? My 5.5 year old daughter has finally become competent at Mario Kart and I'd like to enjoy all the new Nintendo titles together. The last console I bought was a Wii, so the Wii U games are still new to me.
   706. manchestermets Posted: November 27, 2017 at 01:01 PM (#5581484)
Despite how badly it performed, the Wii U is a great console with some great games. Lego City Undercover is a brilliant, suitable for a 5 year-old GTA-alike and the Wii U version of Zelda BOTW is good enough for me. The thing currently tempting me to upgrade is the new Mario game, but I'm holding out for now.
   707. Zonk, Genius of the Stables Posted: November 27, 2017 at 01:23 PM (#5581493)
I tend to get the feeling that EA as the evil empire is a dated concept --

But that said, I don't like the loot box model and wish it all the ill in the world if only to keep it from ever becoming viable in games I do like -- I have finally made my peace with DLCs, albeit grudgingly.

In any case, the last console I owned - well, still own - is a Sega Genesis so I'm not really in any position to criticize anything regarding those systems... not my cup of tea so it's only so far as trends potentially bleeding into games I like that I care.

The big reason consoles aren't my thing is mainly that I tend to multitask while gaming -- Turn-based strategy titles are perfect for leisurely playing while cleaning or watching TV or reading in between turns and I just really struggle with games that require my undivided attention during a session.
   708. JJ1986 Posted: November 27, 2017 at 02:25 PM (#5581554)
I got some Ballistix Sport DDR4 for my desktop about 6 months ago and it was around $55 for 8GB sticks. I looked today to get more and that has gone up to over $90 everywhere.
   709. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: November 27, 2017 at 02:46 PM (#5581565)
Yeah, I just bought parts to build two machines yesterday and was shocked how much RAM has skyrocketed across the board. It used to be one of the cheapest components of a machine; now, for a budget build, it's the most expensive part in the machine.
   710. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: November 29, 2017 at 11:43 AM (#5582632)
Yeah, I went with Szym's suggestion to get the same model that I already have in, and it cost me like 10 bucks more than the original stick did a couple years ago.
   711. DJS, the Digital Dandy Posted: December 04, 2017 at 02:05 AM (#5585449)
Yeah, RAM is a nightmare right now. There are two big factors here. First is the transition period from DDR3 to DDR4 memory has a lot more OEMs making large RAM orders. The other is that all RAM basically originates from Micron, Samsung, and Hynix and the first two have both moved to smaller process nodes, which is causing a choke point in the RAM supply, with the yields still fairly low. I wouldn't expect RAM to really start dropping in price for like another year.
   712. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 04, 2017 at 10:35 AM (#5585561)
Calling all nerds!

Despite lacking any know-how I did my own build earlier in the year based on this thread making it seem so easy, and everything had been going swimmingly, but now I'm getting a taste of the downside of not actually having any idea what I'm doing.

The stock fan at the back of the case has started making a loud whir, bordering on grinding, on startup. Guessing it might be dust, I pulled the fan out and gave it a few nice blasts of air, and after more whirring the next morning, it was silent for a week. Then it started again, and the same trick didn't "work" a second time. Is there some other simple fix, or should I just be chucking it and getting a new one?
   713. DJS, the Digital Dandy Posted: December 04, 2017 at 05:45 PM (#5586047)
Probably bearings going bad. Just swap in a new fan; they're dirt-cheap parts and they do fail occasionally.
   714. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 04, 2017 at 07:16 PM (#5586098)
Yeah, just replace the fan. It's not worth f'ing around with a gimpy fan.
   715. Zonk, Genius of the Stables Posted: December 15, 2017 at 11:58 AM (#5593249)
So I'm curious if anyone has ever experienced this problem with Steam (and knows how to resolve it) -

Whenever I play a Steam game - all of them, doesn't matter which; have experienced in Civilization, Endless Legend, OOTP, Hearts of Iron, doesn't matter - there will in fairly short order, develop audio problems... crackling, hissing, etc. In fact - it persists even I mute all the game's audio. No other audio problems with the laptop whatsoever.

Yes, yes... drivers this and updates that. All checked. It's not some 5K alienware rig - but I don't think it's a power thing, either (i7 last generation at 2.8 ghz and 16 gigs of RAM). What's more - I experience no audio problems in anything else... streaming netflix, multi-tasking, even running the music player with a local/non-steam game.

I haven't messed around enough to confirm with certainty - but the audio issue did NOT manifest when I tried about 90 minutes of play with the Steam client in offline mode. The above NON-manifestations of the static also do not seem to occur when the Steam client service is running - and other non-Steam apps are running. Solely if the client is online while I'm playing a Steam title.

I've run out of ways to complain to Steam about it - one more support chat tells me to update my drivers and someone's getting murdered.... and based on google searches - I highly doubt this is a local hardware issue.

I suppose I don't do multiplayer much - so running offline mode is mainly just a hassle, but it's reached the point of annoyance... Anyone?
   716. SteveF Posted: December 15, 2017 at 03:48 PM (#5593453)
The first thing I'd try is going into the steam settings and turning off steam specific sounds/features when playing games. So things like sound notifications when friends come on, maybe even the steam overlay itself when playing games, etc. I'd also check your voice settings/music settings etc. I'd check every single way the steam client processes or generates sound and disable them all and see if that fixed the hissing. Then you can start enabling them again one by one until you figure out which setting is causing the issue.

My gut feeling is that it might be related to a microphone setting within steam, but that feeling is a product of my own personal experiences with windows hissing noises.
   717. GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag) Posted: December 15, 2017 at 03:52 PM (#5593456)
Was gonna post but I’d be saying the same as above. Check the mic settings in steam. They occasionally get weird. Even if you’ve never used the steam chat, I’d give it a look anyways just in case.
   718. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 16, 2017 at 02:08 PM (#5593740)
Yeah, disable your microphone (if you're not playing a multiplayer with chat) and see if that resolves the issue. I'd also disable the camera too, but that's just me being paranoid.
   719. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 16, 2017 at 02:24 PM (#5593747)
Not me man, when I go on one of my pantsless kill streaks I don’t care who knows it,
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