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Dave James responded to panbient's comment in
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It’s not just Trump’s lift that’s gold plated, the $30bn PC gaming hardware market is tooIt’s not just Trump’s lift that’s gold plated, the $30bn PC gaming hardware market is too
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I still don't think it's wise or prudent to flaunt the health of the gaming market in the face of the declining business / office market.

Just about all of those 'gaming' specific companies have some tie to a traditional business supplier (Alienware has been owned by Dell for a decade now).

Implying that declining office use is going to provide better gaming ability is on par with thinking the internet will provide better music because artists can circumvent the suits within the traditional industry. Anyone with working ears knows that isn't the case. If the parent company keeps losing money with their traditional product they're not going to keep investing in a subsidiary that doesn't operate in a market large enough to support the parent company.Reply
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That's only true if gaming PC hardware was only governed by the likes of Dell, HP and Lenovo. In truth it's the likes of Nvidia, Intel, AMD, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock and about a million peripheral manufacturers, independent system integrators and etailers who are proving the robust health of the PC hardware market.


The fact those traditional business suppliers are now having to follow suit with Dell and are creating gaming specific brands(Lenovo Legion and HP Omen) shows they're having to embrace the gamers, because that's where the PC money is, instead of just treating them as the brats of the people they're aiming their 'real' office products at.


No-one's implying that declining office use is providing better gaming ability, it's just that gaming and office use have long been separate entities in PC land and it's about time they were recognised as such and not just lumped together under one convenient header.

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Australian Classifications board notes "strong sex scenes" for Mass Effect: AndromedaAustralian Classifications board notes "strong sex scenes" for Mass Effect: Andromeda
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And yet when the press inevitably writes off games as foolish wastes of time and of violent overly sexualized messages to young people again - everyone will be up in arms defending the medium.

But for right now?

Let's talk about all the aliens we get to bang in the next big game!Reply
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I like to do both.

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Starbound devs are working on a game that’s essentially “Advance Wars meets Fire Emblem”Starbound devs are working on a game that’s essentially “Advance Wars meets Fire Emblem”
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So I loved Advance Wars back in the day and I'm currently playing through one of the recent Fire Emblems on 3ds.

But the idea of playing that style of game on my pc?

Wake me up when this gets ported to anything handheld.Reply
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XCOM and The Banner Saga are both fantastic on PC. I often wish I could play Fire Emblem on PC, with a real gamepad.

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The five technological advances vital to deshitifying virtual realityThe five technological advances vital to deshitifying virtual reality
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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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You are right... TODAY. HoloLens has a nasty FOV issue. when we solve the issue of horizontal AND vertical peripheral vision, and can extend the AR/VR experience in the the periphery, THEN we will have a game changing technology.

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panbient commented on
3 Weeks ago
Are triple-A games really failing?Are triple-A games really failing?
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Hmmm....

Article is about falling triple A game sales.

Of all the games referenced in the article only 3 names are not direct sequels or franchise installments.

Gee... I wonder why an endless cycle of rehashing is starting to get stale?
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The cancelled videogame sequels that time forgotThe cancelled videogame sequels that time forgot
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In the defense of SiN and their behaviour regarding cosplay. Episodes was already a sequel and Elexis Sinclaire was already being cosplayed before the original Episode was ever announced.

The original SiN was expected to give Half-Life a run for its money. Unfortunately publishers got antsy and forced it out the door a little too early to beat HL to the release punch. Unfortunately for Ritual this gave Valve enough time to polish HL into the gem we all remember from 1998. Meanwhile SiN, went down as an overly ambitious but horribly buggy release.

However, if you happened to pick up and play the original around 2000 - once most things got patched - you actually had one of the best FPS games of the late 90s on your hands (then again they also had The Levelord as one of their main designers). This is why they were so confident in their marketing - they just weren't able to convert their cult following into a mass market.

And thinking back to old / cancelled games. What ever happened to No One Lives Forever or SHOGO Mobile Armour Division? The NOLF games were fantastic (1st one being more fun, 2nd one looking way nicer) and SHOGO alternating between giant mech action and on foot FPS was awesome fun as well. I know there's a bunch of licensing limbo involved but those were great franchises - especially NOLF.Reply
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Aah back when Monolith made great games (Blood 2 was my favorite). I actually have friend that propably has NOLFs and SHOGO in his top 10.

NOLFs were solid but I liked SHOGO: MAD more.

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panbient commented on
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PC sports games - from the dark ages of dodgy console ports to modern marvel NBA 2K17PC sports games - from the dark ages of dodgy console ports to modern marvel NBA 2K17
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I think the main reason for the decline in sports games on PC is that consoles just handle them better. Especially the action based sport games where you spend most of the time as a player in the match. It's just easier to pick up and game, and couch multiplayer will always be infinitely more fun than online. While it's true that a dedicated PC setup can accomplish that same level of convenience, it tends to be costlier, and as result a much smaller market.

On the flip side, PC gamers get sport management sims. A more cerebral offering for those sport fans who are far concerned with the greater whole of the sport than performing the actions of a few star players. And the PC is an infinitely better platform for that style of interaction.

I don't think this is a situation where developers need to cater to a wider audience, but that the audience needs to recognize where the relative strengths of the industry have moved their products.
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panbient commented on
1 Month ago
Autobalancing in TF2 casual games is probably for life, not just for SmissmasAutobalancing in TF2 casual games is probably for life, not just for Smissmas
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Casual / Pub play autobalance is severely lacking. I don't know why it went away sometime in the last year or so, but it's been aggravating as all get out to be stuck on a super noob team when more than half of the other side has more points than your entire team.
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panbient commented on
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“If you're bored of the game then just stop playing", says Rust co-creator“If you're bored of the game then just stop playing", says Rust co-creator
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So hold on, Rust was a home invasion simulator? I thought it was supposed to be Don't Starve with guns and Steam ID generated genitals.

Either way this sounds like a situation where the devs and community are no longer on the same page. Ultimately in these situations what the developers say is how it goes.

Based on what I read on the "About Rust" section of their site - home invasion simulator is not an accurate description of the product they're trying to sell.

That's not to dismiss the fun people would have had breaking into each others homes but, just because you could, doesn't mean it was intended.
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panbient commented on
1 Month ago
AMD are still fighting against history and all those forum comments of 'AMD drivers suck.'AMD are still fighting against history and all those forum comments of 'AMD drivers suck.'
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As someone who has been using AMD GPUs for the last decade. Yes, yes their drivers do in fact suck. Especially, if you're economical at all with pc gaming and aren't constantly chasing the newest tech.

EVERY single update over the last decade messed with scaling, normally defaulting to -15% ... yes, the default setting after every update was to reduce your screen size. Then you had the joy of having to dig through whatever new interface was being implemented to eventually find the scaling setting so you could get your desktop to fit your actual display (or is 1080p really a super weird resolution?)
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panbient replied to 9 questions on the DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review
1 Month ago
DG2: Defense Grid 2 review snippet Does the setting of DG2: Defense Grid 2 feel original?
As original as any other post-apocalyptic / dystopian future in a sci-fi game.
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panbient replied to 11 questions on the SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition Review
2 Months ago
SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition review snippet How hard is it to make money in SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition?
The underlying economic model isn't super complex. Industrial zones create jobs, Residential zones provide housing, and Commercial zones maximize the profits from the Industry. Just don't spend all your money at once while the game is paused.
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3 Months ago
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II review snippet How does Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II compare to other Warhammer 40K games?
It's a departure from the earlier Dawn of War titles in that there's no base building at all in the single player campaign. It's all about controlling 4 hero units / squads in a cover based RTS.
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panbient replied to 4 questions on the Drox Operative Review
3 Months ago
Drox Operative review snippet How does Drox Operative run on your PC?
It's an older title as such it runs fine on my old system (2010-ish). The game also runs fine in Big Picture mode but the text is a bit small on a TV. Steam Controller is functional as well but this plays better with mouse and keyboard.
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panbient replied to 7 questions on the Grim Dawn Review
5 Months ago
Grim Dawn review snippet Does Grim Dawn feel grindy?
It starts feeling a bit grindy after the 2nd playthrough. But for the most part the action is fluid enough that you don't notice it. Very rarely find myself staring at cooldown boxes rather than the action on screen.
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panbient replied to 8 questions on the Dungeon of the Endless Review
5 Months ago
Dungeon of the Endless review snippet Why does Dungeon of the Endless feel retro?
It absolutely does not feel retro. This is a modern tower defense game with heroes added to the mix and a novel room / power mechanic to control the rate and difficulty of the mobs. The pixel art style is definitely 'neo-retro' looking but that only seems to make the game feel more modern to me.
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panbient replied to a question on the Battlestation: Harbinger Review
9 Months ago
Battlestation: Harbinger review snippet What are gamers first impressions of Battlestation: Harbinger
Absolutely. It's basically FTL + Space Pirates and Zombies + somehow relaxing. Also plays nicely with a Steam Controller / Big Picture mode.
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