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  • RedSwirl 10:42 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink
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    @bluesforbuddha @bowlisimo Yeah I’m trying to go the Pete route too – a home theater PC for enjoying Steam, MKV videos, and streaming on my television. Instead of trying to find nefarious ways of getting streaming sites and downloaded videos to work on my consoles I think the best solution is to just hook up the goddamn computer to your TV. Right off the bat you get Hulu for free, and you don’t have to worry about using apps for HBO Go or YouTube or any other streaming service.

    The other reason is that while I love the advantages of PC gaming, I actually found myself missing the “feel” (I guess) of console gaming – sitting on front of a TV on a couch with a controller in-hand. Why not have both? I even tried it with my current system and the results were kind of mind-blowing.

    My 5-year-old current desktop can actually run Crysis 2 in 1080p at 60fps if I turn it down to DirectX 9, and it feels like a fucking next gen game. People probably roll their eyes now whenever a videophile complains about how most console games only render in 720p at 30fps, but finally seeing a video game like Crysis run at full 1080p on a TV kinda made me think (so this is what HD console gaming would be like).

    Thing is, if I go with a new system, this year I’ll probably still go for a sub-$200 card, possibly even just another HD6850. That card is $150 right now and is more than adequate for just about anything save Crysis 2 at DX11, The Witcher 2 maxed out (and even that will still run on high settings), and Battlefield 3.

  • bowlisimo 8:07 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 We’re in the same boat, except I have a job and I’m still not looking forward to dropping over a grand on a new rig. In fact, I think I may take a break from high end pc games for a little while. Yeah, we’ll see how well that goes. Dwarf Fortress don’t need no stinking 500 dollar graphics card.

  • bowlisimo 11:09 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink
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    Haha, I just unlocked my Origin version of ME3 six hours early. Thanks internet. The best part is, Bioware said they won’t ban anyone for it.

  • bowlisimo 2:37 pm on October 3, 2011 Permalink
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    @impynickers Yep, I’m using HDMI on a 24 inch monitor. Still waiting for the rca to 3.5mm adapter so I can line-in (fingers crossed) the audio to my headphones, but for now the sub par speakers on the monitor will do for being ganked by black phantoms.

    Can you triple up on adapters? You’re already using a vga to dvi, what if you stacked a dvi to hdmi on top of that? Like a sega genesis sonic & knuckles tower.

  • bowlisimo 2:27 pm on August 22, 2011 Permalink
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    @cgrajko I think @redswir1 put it best, Amnesia = “No way I’m going in there: the game”. Every time you fearfully peek around a corner or hang out in front of a door while you psych yourself up to open it, that’s the game’s atmospheric magic succeeding. But keep going! Your nerves will naturally steel themselves over time. The experience of your descent and having made it through, despite your instincts, will stick with you. I guarantee the conclusion won’t dazzle and amaze, but that really isn’t the point.

    @impynickers Grats on building a new PC, long may it kick the shit out of games. Coming up on the 4th year of my rig, which is like 60 in hardware years. Crossing my fingers on Deus Ex:HR. Please, little dual core, stay strong!

    @unmanneddrone *Ambient temperature, 87.2 degrees. All systems optimal* Owlboy looks cool and kinda nostalgic for Genesis/SNES. Demo downloaded. Nothing much to report on X3:TC, been conscripted to fight the Kha’ak (facepalm). Starting to realize giant slow moving death ship is bad for escorting. R&D has begun on a less potent, but faster frigate-like alternative.

  • bowlisimo 3:15 pm on August 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Unfortunately, this is true (edit: although they go overboard sensationalizing it). The From Dust PC port is rough. You’d think that game is a no-brainer for mouse control, but they apparently didn’t give a shit, and it’s awkward. Imagine, if you will, remotely controlling an Xbox stick with a mouse, that’s what it feels like. Then they only give you a really small square to move the mouse in before it will decide to scroll, so it constantly happens unintentionally, unlike an RTS where you have to hit the edge of the screen. They’ve also locked the game at 30fps (fine, whatever) and omitted any kind of graphics config. The end result is that on a 1080p monitor it looks shittier than it should and controls weird. Add to that having to log on to Uplay and a game that will crash because it is super sensitive to drivers, and you have a shitty-ass port.

    I’ll endeavor to persevere, as always, because the game is actually cool, but all they really had to do was take a look at how any modern RTS controls and emulate that. Oh well.

    Also, godspeed to @Sinfony, for he has embarked upon the X3:TC journey, let’s see how much space trading he can take.

  • unmanneddrone 4:11 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink
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    After a year or so of squirrelling moolah away, the go-ahead for the new laptop has been approved and in a few weeks, I’ll have a spanking new HP Pavilion dv6-3131tx Entertainment Notebook. So excited to finally be back in the game in terms of a computer than doesn’t choke on anything released post 2004. Goodbye Celeron M and your paltry integrated graphics. Onto the Intel Core i5, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon.

    Whatever the hell that all means. I’m just excited to not get the knock-back via goddamn pixel shader 2.0 requirements. Imagine the shame. Imagine the surface of this current laptop frying eggs as I emulate said pixel shaders via 3DAnalyze with very little success. Horrid.

  • RedSwirl 3:46 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink
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    Concerning my system, I should say that my other components are a Core 2 Quad Q6600 and 3GB of RAM. I haven’t encountered an application yet that has suggested the need for more RAM than that. I cannot overclock as my system is actually a store-bought Dell.

    Only a couple hours into Red Dead and it definitely has a great chance of getting into my top three for overall GOTY. I can already see playing a mission or two per day as a background game (I still need to get back on New Vegas), but we’ll see if it completely hooks me the way Mass Effect 2 did.

    Seems to have everything I like about GTA and I haven’t encountered any of the problems that constantly drive me away from those games. For one thing Rockstar seems to have finally implemented a proper goddamn save and continue system.

  • cptcarnage 2:15 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink
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    @RedSwirl I had an 8800GTX OC2 (factory overclocked by BFG) until it died on me, BFG RMA’d it and replaced it with a GTX280 a much faster card.

    Besides that and a ram bump to 6gb when windows came out, my systems the same as it was in 2007 when I built it. Core2Duo 2.66GHZ, for the processor.

    It can run FONV pretty much on high, shadows are the only thing that gives it issues.

    You will love Red Dead, ive always been mixed on RockStars GTA games they are fun to a point but overall fall short of my expectations. Are you playing on 360? If so we should get a Posse together w/the squad, the multiplayer aint half bad. Undead Nightmare is also a decent expasion.

  • RedSwirl 12:39 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Well to be honest it’s probably cheaper to be a PC gamer now than ever because there are so few high-end PC-specific games coming out these days.

    As old as the 8800 is, it still outperforms both HD consoles and thus has no problem with games optimized for consoles, so even in 2010 I can comfortably run Mass Effect 2 and Fallout New Vegas. Maybe not always maxed out, but still with better graphics and performance than the console versions. Valve sticking with the six-year-old Source engine has also helped.

    Though, a few games have popped up this year that were clearly optimized for PC first, THEN consoles. Those games I’ve had to tone down to medium. Mafia II got a lot of praise from PC fans for being a properly-optimized PC game for once, but the demo chugged on my system during any action scene. I had to force Bad Company 2 into DX9 by messing around with the ini file. Just Cause 2 also has me a bit concerned since it’s DX10-only on PC, and the 8800 I think is the most basic DX10 card there is.

    That said, those games still look and run better on my system than they do on the consoles.

    The only 2010 PC exclusives I’ve tried to run are Amnesia which I only had to turn down slightly, and the Civilization V demo which slightly chugged in DX9 mode. The most intense thing I’ve been trying to run recently has been AmrA 2, which while by no means smooth is definitely playable. People tell me I should be just fine running StarCraft 2.

    Next spring however is when I plan to upgrade, possibly to the Radeon HD 6850. I am confident that my current setup will handle Portal 2 and Deus Ex Human Revolution just fine, but Crysis 2 and The Witcher 2 concern me.

  • bowlisimo 12:03 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink
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    @RedSwirl How’s your rig holding up, by the way? You bought yours around the same time as I did and it was pretty much identical spec-wise. I know you’re still rockin’ that 8800, has it started to show its age yet? I probably would still have mine if it didn’t go belly up. Otherwise the myth of constant PC upgrades has been just that.

    Nothing really seems to be pushing Xtreme graphics these days.

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