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Thursday, October 01, 2015

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 | 849 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   801. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: July 19, 2018 at 09:12 PM (#5712874)
flop
   802. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: July 19, 2018 at 11:39 PM (#5712977)
Oh boy, just dropped $18 on some DLC, two of the three so called "must have" ones, "Rights of Man" and "Common Sense". Bought them on "green light gaming" and saved over 60% off the absurd prices Paradox is charging. EU4 now has me dreaming about the game, which is not good for my productivity at work or my social life. Got a dinner after work tonight with some family in town and all I can think about is my DLC, yikes.


There are three or four games I've played in the last ten years that had this kind of effect on me, where I became so engrossed it actually began to interfere with my sleep and family life to the point I had to pretty much cut myself off for a while: Civilization (4 and 5 too), Crusader Kings II, and (most recently) Football Manager.

I tried EU4 and V2 but couldn't really get into either one.

This is what's holding me back from buying Witcher 3--everything I've heard about it leads me to believe doing so might end my career, marriage, or both.
   803. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: July 20, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5713205)
Civilization (4 and 5 too), Crusader Kings II, and (most recently) Football Manager.

I tried EU4 and V2 but couldn't really get into either one.


Yea I could not get into CK2 at all but I like V2 and obviously EU4 now. Had a brief fling with Stellaris. FM and Civ 4 are both games I've sunk over 500 hours into tho. I love the simple and yet complex micromanaging that Civ 4 allows but compared to EU4 the games usually all play out in the same way until you get past Prince level (where I stopped). I won the space race on Prince in a marathon game and that was good enough.

One thing I'm realizing with EU4 is that thereis a lot of random ass #### that can derail a game (and makes each game unique) and you gotta just keep pushing forward. Sometimes you just gotta let the rebels take a couple provinces, wait for your mercs to show up, and then crush them a few years later.

Something really cool happened in my last game I inherited a shitload of provinces east of France, playing as Castille. I'm not even sure how some ruler died and I didn't think I had any inheritance rights but it all turned over to Castille. Noice. And I renounced my useless (literally, his bonuses were 0,0,0) heir, and then my union with France produced a 5,3,3 heir. Oh yea. I'm currently allied with France and Tunis. France and I have by far the biggest armies in Europe. Only the Ottomans have bigger in the known world, but they are currently fighting the Mamluks and as of now aren't threatening us. Porugual is dead to me after they allied England and Moroco (wtf?) and France and Aragon and I had to slap them down.

I know all this is boring as #### but it's fun to type it out, it's getting me excited to pick up where I left off the other night.

I got a long weekend of hiking and BBQs but will def play some tonight and see how far I can get. I haven't even played a game much past 1510 yet.
   804. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:04 PM (#5713223)
Someone really cool happened in my last game I inherited a shitload of provinces east of France, playing as Castille. I'm not even sure how some ruler died and I didn't think I had any inheritance rights but it all turned over to Castille. Noice. And I renounced my useless (literally, his bonuses were 0,0,0) heir, and then my union with France produced a 5,3,3 heir. Oh yea.


The Burgundian Succession crisis. If the king of Burgundy dies without an heir (and I believe both are weighted to die) France, Castile, Austria, HRE, all have chances at their land. There are whole strategies built around grabbing those lands. All the options are hard coded, so if you go through the event chains you can see exactly what it takes for each option.

There are way more opportunities for fun things like this to happen in EUIV than CIV, but the larger "easier" nations can fall into very similar CIV-like end game slogs where 'winning' is a foregone conclusion. The early games tend to vary a good amount, but eventually you tend to roll over people and then it's just figuring out how to take out the one or two countries that managed to expand as well (maybe France, Austria, Ottomans, Poland if they form Commonwealth, someone in India, etc)
   805. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:22 PM (#5713233)
Sweet, thanks jacksone!
   806. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: July 22, 2018 at 06:24 PM (#5713881)
I got ####### savages attacking me in the Dominican, I got Moroccan heavens rising up on the east African coast every 5 years and I got (a long with my buddy France) 2/3 of south central Europe risen up against us on the Eastern front. I'm heavily in debt and corruption is rising. It was a bad mistake to try and punish the Swiss for insulting me when I was already highly leveraged expanding elsewhere. Oh well.

I'm the 2nd ranked power (if a little ignorant) and holy #### this is a lot of fun.
   807. Greg K Posted: July 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM (#5713944)
You're making me want to start an EU game, when I've already got Football Manager sucking the life out of me!
   808. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 23, 2018 at 07:39 AM (#5713952)
My favorite ck/eu game I've played was as Khazars from the edge of the Caspian. They're iirc the only province to start Jewish, and they use the horselord mechanics. Say hello to Ghengis Cohen, Eastern Europe!
   809. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 23, 2018 at 09:04 AM (#5713969)
Also, I grabbed Assassin's Creed Origins during the summer sale and I'm enjoying roaming around Ptolemaic Egypt and climbing on everything. I earned the "run away from hippos three times" achievement quickly, because those things are deadly if they get within range of you.
   810. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: July 23, 2018 at 09:38 AM (#5713985)
My favorite ck/eu game I've played was as Khazars from the edge of the Caspian. They're iirc the only province to start Jewish, and they use the horselord mechanics. Say hello to Ghengis Cohen, Eastern Europe!


Mine was a game as Castile where I went from almost being able to create Hispania to earning Rome Restored in the course of a single king. He was the spawn of Satan, which made it more interesting. And it turns out that having 3 women join you with martial scores of 51, 37, and 32 is going to make fighting wars a whole lot easier.
   811. Zonk just has affection for alumni Posted: July 23, 2018 at 09:38 AM (#5713986)
Yea I could not get into CK2 at all but I like V2 and obviously EU4 now. Had a brief fling with Stellaris. FM and Civ 4 are both games I've sunk over 500 hours into tho. I love the simple and yet complex micromanaging that Civ 4 allows but compared to EU4 the games usually all play out in the same way until you get past Prince level (where I stopped). I won the space race on Prince in a marathon game and that was good enough.


Especially employing selected mods, and after hating on civ5 and probably not even giving it 20 hours total playtime - I'm ready to say that civ6 is OK.

It badly needs some RoM/C2C/etc total conversion mods (my big gripe is conflicts and certain aspects that break with different mod combinations) - and some game balancing - but the franchise has finally gotten back on track.

Another expansion and a few years for the modders to aggregate - and work on improving the AI - and I can see it finally back to prior heights.

I've put about 50 hours into a deity island plates game over the last 6 weeks or so - and while I had to employ some house rules to get it there (i.e., not smashing an AI that annoyed me whenever an AI annoys me, which is often), it's reached the renaissance and is a relatively competitive game. This isn't likely to continue - I've hit a snowball point and starting to separate - but it was fun for a while. The game really needs some dynamic throttles to deal with situations like this - it's far and away the biggest problem.
   812. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: July 23, 2018 at 12:44 PM (#5714155)
Mine was a game as Castile where I went from almost being able to create Hispania to earning Rome Restored in the course of a single king. He was the spawn of Satan, which made it more interesting. And it turns out that having 3 women join you with martial scores of 51, 37, and 32 is going to make fighting wars a whole lot easier.


Damn, one area I need more practice and knowledge with is maxing out my monarch points. I popped an awesome heir only to have the little #### die before he even turned 15, the next one that birthed wasn't nearly as good.

According to what I've seen on Reddit (in their "AI did something" posts) something rather extraordinary happened in my current play-through -- Ottomans got completely destroyed. Not sure what happened to them one minute they were expanding into southern europe the next minute they got split in half and then by 1505 they were completely wiped.

Another expansion and a few years for the modders to aggregate - and work on improving the AI - and I can see it finally back to prior heights.


Thanks for the heads up on 6. I'll probably pick it up next time it's on sale.
   813. Zonk just has affection for alumni Posted: July 23, 2018 at 12:56 PM (#5714167)
Thanks for the heads up on 6. I'll probably pick it up next time it's on sale.


The big trick is reorienting yourself to the costs... i.e., unlike IV - when you had a whole gaggle of builders with limitless life, I've come to like the idea of builder 'charges' and being more judicious with what I use them for. Ditto the elimination of stacks of doom - and generally learning to go lighter on unit builds and using them more cooperatively. Still a WIP - but I'm ever more certain that Civ has a very odd/even Saberhagian existence where the odd numbered entrants introduce new things that are not well done, working them out to something more feasible with the follow-up even numbered editions.

Which means I will predict that when Civ7 comes to pass in 2021 or so, it will suck.
   814. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: July 23, 2018 at 01:07 PM (#5714178)
Damn, one area I need more practice and knowledge with is maxing out my monarch points. I popped an awesome heir only to have the little #### die before he even turned 15, the next one that birthed wasn't nearly as good.


My game was CK2, so it works a bit different than EU4. There is an event chain known as Spawn of Satan where you have a kid is weird and has weird events. Once he turns 18, every few days someone between him and the monarch dies a mysterious death. Once he's next in line, the monarch dies and he is king. Soon after, there is a revolt against him for being the spawn of satan. Then you get a free army of 1500 with 3 commanders: Jezebel, Circe, and Morgana. They all have insanely high stats, can be any one of your councilors (for Catholic kingdoms, these can only be held by males except for Spymaster which can be your wife) and are entirely loyal to you. Because of an early event chain where you get a nanny that also has some crazy stats that has a 50% chance to kill herself (and can also be any councilor) you can theoretically have a council composed of all women.

Between my character's high stats, his councilors, the strong position he inherited, a weak claim on the Byzantine Empire from his mother, and a weak claim on France, he was able to rampage across Europe and Africa over 50 years and conquer all of the old Roman lands.
   815. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 23, 2018 at 01:32 PM (#5714196)
The Spawn of Satan chain is one of my favorites. Of course, it doesn't stop your hyperpowered witches from getting murked by someone who wants their council spot and who got enough plot power to assassinate them. Or your demonspawn from getting caught in single combat by an opponent during a minor skirmish and getting stabbed through their black heart.
   816. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: July 23, 2018 at 09:13 PM (#5714535)
I've come to love the "event happened" things in Paradox games. I hated them initially because well RNG but I feel after more experience in their games that usually the RNG favors the well prepared. The verisimilitude is real.
   817. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 24, 2018 at 01:47 AM (#5714674)
Yes, nothing more realistic than the son of Satan taking over medieval Europe.
   818. TFTIO's onanism is a process Posted: July 24, 2018 at 11:29 AM (#5714828)
I put a bunch of parts together this weekend, trying to get a new machine up and running (for various not very good reasons), and the damn thing won't even power on. There is clearly power flowing from the (new) power supply into the (newish) motherboard, because the ethernet LED lights up, and an LED on one of the PCIe cards does as well; but the fans don't spin up. At first I thought it was the power switch on the case, or the CPU (it's not), but now I'm worried it's the actual motherboard, which would be a ####### drag. I have to make the time at some point to disassemble my working machine and this busted-ass one and see which actual part is bad. I hope that it's the power supply, because I really don't want to have to find an X99 motherboard to replace the one in there. I guess I could bail and just spend the cash on an 8700, but that's more money than just a new power supply.

All this so I can have my server running Linux full time so my wife can watch TV while I play games in Windows.
   819. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: July 26, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5716382)
There is clearly power flowing from the (new) power supply into the (newish) motherboard, because the ethernet LED lights up, and an LED on one of the PCIe cards does as well; but the fans don't spin up. At first I thought it was the power switch on the case, or the CPU (it's not), but now I'm worried it's the actual motherboard, which would be a ####### drag. I have to make the time at some point to disassemble my working machine and this busted-ass one and see which actual part is bad. I hope that it's the power supply, because I really don't want to have to find an X99 motherboard to replace the one in there. I guess I could bail and just spend the cash on an 8700, but that's more money than just a new power supply.


In my experience, given the symptoms you've described...it's not the power supply. At least not usually. Pickup a $20 PSU test on Amazon to confirm, a lot easier than buying a new mobo. Or, just install a known working PSU and just connect to the 24 and 12 pin connectors and see what happens. If it posts, awesome, if not, new mobo time.

Also, I'd recommend shorting the actual power pins (just use a flathead screwdriver) on the mobo in order to rule out any issue with the power button circuitry. Or, even easier, most high end boards now have a power button directly on them.

AMD is claiming a 30% IPC on Ryzen 2. Intel's new chips look like another mediocre improvement on Skylake. Intel's new i9 series is generating snarky takes online about how Intel is now the one throwing cores (thermal concerns be damned) at the problem, which of course was AMD's go to "engineering" for most of the last decade before Ryzen.

I'm more than happy with my i5-6600k (modest OC to 4.3ghz) but my next build might be AMD for the first time ever.

_________________________________

Was staring at the map very stoned last night on EU4 and contemplating the historical advantage England had via being an island. Fun times. Good way to learn (or relearn in middle age) geography.
   820. TFTIO's onanism is a process Posted: July 26, 2018 at 02:04 PM (#5716406)
Yeah, I'm 90% sure it's the motherboard. This weekend I'll pull the parts and try to get it working. I need to stick to Intel because I, uh, "experiment" with running a Hackintosh; otherwise, I'd be on Threadripper for sure.
   821. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 27, 2018 at 09:43 AM (#5716734)
Good way to learn (or relearn in middle age) geography.


Absolutely. I will happily guide my daughter to EU4 if she ever shows interest in computer games. Yeah, it's a game, yes it's staring at a computer screen, but it definitely teaches you a lot about geography, and the interplay of a Europe dominated world.
   822. Greg K Posted: July 27, 2018 at 09:49 AM (#5716739)
Absolutely. I will happily guide my daughter to EU4 if she ever shows interest in computer games. Yeah, it's a game, yes it's staring at a computer screen, but it definitely teaches you a lot about geography, and the interplay of a Europe dominated world.

I think historical strategy games are actually a great way to learn about history (and even the philosophy of history). There's a growing academic literature on the topic. I think there's a guy somewhere in Ohio that teaches university history classes through video games.
   823. Greg K Posted: July 27, 2018 at 09:56 AM (#5716745)
Was staring at the map very stoned last night on EU4 and contemplating the historical advantage England had via being an island. Fun times. Good way to learn (or relearn in middle age) geography.

It can play out in a lot of different ways.

After the printing press England's censorship regime was quite a bit more successful than most European nations. If you can smash up any unlicensed presses you have in your kingdom, and keep an eye out at your ports, you can be relatively effective. Not entirely effective of course, smuggling wasn't exactly difficult.

The comparison with France in the 17th century highlights some of the results. Richelieu knew he couldn't control the flow of information in France, with its de-centralized territories and extensive borders. So he got government into propaganda game, printing all sorts of attempts to sway public opinion. In England on the other hand, the Kings were relatively confident that suppressing presses was enough, and didn't engage with public opinion very much. Which was a contributing factor in the collapse of the monarchy. Charles I was one of the all-time worst Kings at communicating with his subjects, and many of his biggest mistakes were the result of mis-understandings between government and subject, or poorly articulated policy.

And that's not even getting into the commercial/military qualities of an island.
   824. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: July 30, 2018 at 01:33 PM (#5718007)
I went to war with the HRE and I can't even keep track of what banners I'm supposed to be attacking. Wonder if that was a problem in real history. What a ####### amalgamation of red and white and purple and yellow crests. I tell ya what tho when they stack all their armies in a 50k death ball even France and I stand up and take notice.

For about 10 years I kept getting a notice "____ has joined a coalition against you" and then they attacked. I guess it pissed them off that I took a a few of their cores and smirked when they demanded them back.

   825. TFTIO's onanism is a process Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:39 AM (#5722163)
It was the motherboard. Dammit.
   826. JJ1986 Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:31 PM (#5722756)
Is the first Witcher a good game? I'm trying to play through the series because of the strong recommendations for the third one, but I'm having trouble getting into it. I like that your decisions are more complex than "good" on one side and "evil" on the other, but the gameplay seems like it's stuck between isometric RPGs and Action RPGs. The movement is clunky - either too fast or too slow and the strafing is really bad - you can't jump the slightest fence, and the combat is terrible, at least at the beginning of the game. You just keep clicking on a sword at the right time with almost no other ways to do things.
   827. manchestermets Posted: August 08, 2018 at 08:43 AM (#5722945)
All this so I can have my server running Linux full time so my wife can watch TV while I play games in Windows.


Is this where I evangelise about Linux gaming? I don't know what games you play, but I rarely play arcade style games and it's rare that a game I want to play isn't available on Linux through Steam. I'm currently having a lot of fun playing Parkitect, as well as Football Manager 2017 (slightly less fun the other day when it crashed immediately after I'd reached the Champions League Final) and the original Cities In Motion.
   828. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:09 AM (#5722960)
Is the first Witcher a good game?


Do you want a "yes" with an "if" or a "no" with a "but"?
   829. JJ1986 Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:27 AM (#5722968)
I'm probably going to play it anyway, so how about the "yes" answer?
   830. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 08, 2018 at 10:00 AM (#5723005)
Yes if you're willing to put up with some really questionable design choices.

The weird combat system annoyed the hell out of me because you focus so intently on when to click that you end up missing some really neat combat animations for both Geralt and the monsters and the system as a whole isn't really intuitive. The map designs are pretty mediocre with lots of backtracking, especially in that swamp level.

It's a good introduction to the Witcher universe and the graphics are pretty nice given the age of the engine. The aspect of the game that got the most mainstream attention at the time ("What, a game based on a Polish IP from a studio nobody ever heard of had trouble getting press?"), the paramour trading cards and associated debauchery, is more fully implemented in the first game than in any subsequent one and the cards are actually really well-illustrated.

Witcher 2 is the game where the franchise really showed that it could become something special, but Witcher 1 (which I believe costs $2 during Steam sales) is worth slogging through for the lore and the recurring characters you'll meet for the first time.
   831. The Good Face Posted: August 08, 2018 at 10:18 AM (#5723015)
Is the first Witcher a good game?


No. FWIW, Witcher 2 I found to be pretty mediocre as well, and walked on it after 10 hours or so. The good news is that Witcher 3 can be fully enjoyed without ever bothering with either of the first two games. There'll be some lore and easter eggs you might miss out on, but hardly anything to lose sleep over, and certainly nothing worth forcing yourself to slog through two games you don't enjoy.

Just play Witcher 3. It's perfect, an absolute masterpiece.
   832. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 08, 2018 at 10:28 AM (#5723029)
And get the two DLCs too. They're both excellent and every bit as good as the best parts of the base game. There's modding too but I was never able to get that to work properly with the Steam GOTY edition.

I liked Witcher 2 much, much better than Witcher 1. Compared to the much more popular Bethesda Elder Scrolls games, Witcher 2 gave you a much more interesting and vibrant open world with better characters and writing. The combat is still wonky but the freedom to actually have interesting and meaningful interactions and decisions in a morally complex game world is totally worth the time.
   833. Zonk just has affection for alumni Posted: August 14, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5726502)
Grrrrrr.....

So - I appreciate the fact that Markus and company are diligent about updating OOTP. This latest update in particular looks awfully nifty - multiple player package "shop player" in particular. I employ house rules for trading against the AI - all trades have to be initiated via "shop a player" and the original two particulars from each team must remain part of the deal (add-ons OK from either team) - so this should be fun.

However, it never fails... I get a couple years into my dynasty- and there's an update... and I always feel like I should start anew (in particular, the roster/player rating updates are always good). Though I care not the least about the 'challenge mode' or 'achievements' - I do always play challenge mode just to prevent the temptation to do a little player tinkering.

I guess it's time to start anew yet again...
   834. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 14, 2018 at 01:33 PM (#5726514)
Quake Champions is now 100% free-to-play if you slow-twitch geezers want to check out some fast-paced deathmatch area gameplay. It's pretty fun, I'm not nuts about deathmatching or even team deathmatching but they've promised some new gameplay modes including capture the flag which should be worthwhile. I haven't spent a dime and only use the base characters (2 "champions" are unlocked, the rest can be purchased) with cosmetic unlocks and I've been able to enjoy the game pretty well.

Then I get fed up and go play some TF2. Nobody plays the Warpath map anymore? Shenanigans!
   835. DJS vs. The White Knights Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:03 PM (#5729058)
First main rig overhaul in a while.

On my main/gaming rig, my old Z77 motherboard was starting to have memory and USB controller issues, so it was time to do some work. Took the opportunity to upgrade some other stuff as well, including an NVME PCIE SSD. GTX 1070 was from my current build as it didn't make much sense to upgrade it before the next Nvidia series came out.

Pretty happy with the results so far. Keeping a Coffee Lake i7 around 60 degrees at stock during stress-testing is solid and I can maintain a solid 5.0 GHz in the low 80s without needing a voltage boost, which suggest I got better-than-average silicon this time. Haven't pushed it as far as I can yet, but I expect I can hit 5.2. Not really interested in delidding.
   836. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: August 25, 2018 at 05:20 PM (#5733635)
Interesting article on a game I never heard of before:


Motiga’s determination to not model Gigantic’s art style on that of any other IP extended to the company’s gameplay-design decisions, both for better and for worse. “We were really trying to create something fresh and different,” says former Motiga lead designer Carter McBee. As part of that process, the designers consciously avoided labeling the game as belonging to any one genre. Whereas some developers borrow familiar mechanics (which can’t be copyrighted) from other games and put their own spin on a proven formula, the Gigantic crew tried to start fresh with a mode that was unique to their game. “We were evaluating potential features and gameplay changes against Gigantic’s gameplay rather than against other games on the market,” McBee says.

"“There weren’t really any games you could point to and say, ‘Gigantic is just like that game!’ which was intentional, but ended up being both a blessing and a curse when it came to marketing and the onboarding of new players.” —Carter McBee, former Motiga lead designer "

That philosophy sometimes worked to Gigantic’s advantage: In an industry prone to copycatism, Motiga’s game was, in theory, capable of staking out its own corner rather than drafting in the wake of another breakthrough title. The downside lay in the lack of a simple pitch to potential players and investors—this game you know meets that game you know, or this game plus a single, intriguing addition. “It blurred the lines of multiple different genres,” McBee says. “There weren’t really any games you could point to and say, ‘Gigantic is just like that game!’ which was intentional, but ended up being both a blessing and a curse when it came to marketing and the onboarding of new players.”


The Ringer
   837. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 28, 2018 at 08:02 AM (#5734645)
CDPR released almost a full hour of in-game footage from their eagerly-anticipated RPG “Cyberpunk 2077” and...wow, it looks awesome. I’m going to build my next system specifically around playing this game in all it’s glory.

Check it out.
   838. TFTIO's onanism is a process Posted: August 28, 2018 at 12:08 PM (#5734804)
CDPR released almost a full hour of in-game footage from their eagerly-anticipated RPG “Cyberpunk 2077” and...wow, it looks awesome. I’m going to build my next system specifically around playing this game in all it’s glory.

... in 2021 or whenever it actually ships. I don't even want to watch that because I would get too excited for something that is far out on my time horizon.
   839. The Good Face Posted: August 28, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5734943)
CDPR released almost a full hour of in-game footage from their eagerly-anticipated RPG “Cyberpunk 2077” and...wow, it looks awesome. I’m going to build my next system specifically around playing this game in all it’s glory.

... in 2021 or whenever it actually ships. I don't even want to watch that because I would get too excited for something that is far out on my time horizon.


I'd be surprised if it came much later than holiday season 2019. And yeah, might justify a new build.
   840. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 28, 2018 at 03:04 PM (#5734958)
Yeah I'd bank on a 2019 release date as well. This will give the next generation of NVIDIA cards some time to percolate through the market, hopefully the cryptocurrency speculators won't gobble up all the cards and they'll be available at standard prices. Call it a hunch but I'm guessing my RX480 isn't going to be able to handle it properly.

IT LOOKS SO COOL
   841. The Good Face Posted: August 28, 2018 at 03:58 PM (#5734995)
hopefully the cryptocurrency speculators won't gobble up all the cards and they'll be available at standard prices.


Stupid bitcoin miners. Although we have them to thank for the following exchange on Twitter;

"What is bitcoin mining anyway?"

"Imagine if leaving your car running 24/7 produced completed Sudoku puzzles, which you could then trade online for heroin."
   842. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: August 28, 2018 at 05:12 PM (#5735061)
Just built a computer for a client using an intel i5 8600 (no overclocking planned). I've kinda changed my mind, these are nice CPUs-- the 6 cores, plus Intel's incredible fab process allow this thing to come stock turbo at 5.2 ghz with a max TDP of 65w.

I argued the other day (mistakenly) that Intel was "throwing cores at the problem AMD style" but it turns out, given their power efficiency and ability to push 6 cores at 5.2ghz at 65 watts -- that was a smart thing to do, especially as it seems a Sandy Bridge style architecture breakthrough is not coming anytime soon.

Been looking at some benchmarks and real world gaming tests. Seems the i5 8600k is perhaps the best gaming CPU you can get right now, at $249 at least. Not bad intel, not bad. Now, get this thing priced at $209 like it should be by X-mas.
   843. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 28, 2018 at 05:23 PM (#5735069)
"Imagine if leaving your car running 24/7 produced completed Sudoku puzzles, which you could then trade online for heroin."


That really is the best, simplest description I’ve heard.
   844. zenbitz Posted: August 30, 2018 at 01:51 PM (#5736414)
Anyone play Cultist Simulator?
   845. JJ1986 Posted: September 04, 2018 at 07:53 PM (#5738568)
Do you guys recommend any particular brand/line of PSUs. My Corsair bit it and I don't really want to get another on. This is my current build.
   846. GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag) Posted: September 04, 2018 at 08:38 PM (#5738590)
Anyone play Cultist Simulator?


*raises hand*
   847. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: September 04, 2018 at 08:43 PM (#5738595)
   848. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 05, 2018 at 09:30 AM (#5738831)
Did you guys see the (brief) game play trailer for Spelunky 2?

The first game stole a LOT of my life a couple of years ago.
   849. TFTIO's onanism is a process Posted: September 12, 2018 at 10:03 AM (#5742817)
Can't talk, got Switch, am obsessed with Breath of the Wild.
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