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Gameplay: the Missing Ingredient In Most Games

NervousNerd Re:Difficult (308 comments)

It's funny that you spoke of Tomb Raider. The original Tomb Raider games were challenging (even the first one, which is probably the easiest of the 3). The first level of Tomb Raider 2 pretty much started where the final level of the first game left off difficulty wise. There was no mandatory tutorial. "Press alt to jump. Press control to grab." If you wanted to learn the game, you loaded the training level and looked in the manual. And Tomb Raider 3. Most people think that one was just too fucking hard.

If you compare Tomb Raider to it's remake 11 years later, you can tell just how easy games got. Take the T-Rex encounter as an example. In the first game, it was a real boss fight. In the remake, it was a quick time event. Lame. I think that most of the boss battles in that game were quick time events (I never finished the game, so I don't know for sure).

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Office 2013 Not Compatible With Windows XP, Vista

NervousNerd I can see why they'd drop support for XP, but... (711 comments)

I can see why they'd drop support for XP, being that it's 11 years old now and that it's been succeeded by 3 versions now? But Vista? Really? Vista and 7 are very, very similar. They even back ported some of the 7 stuff to Vista around the time 7 was released with the "platform update". This is a marketing reason, not a technical reason

more than 2 years ago
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Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way

NervousNerd But, for now.. (572 comments)

But for now, do the Windows version of Source games support OpenGL? I would think that'd make them run better in WINE.

more than 4 years ago
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ISP Is Bypassing Firefox's Location Bar Search

NervousNerd Re:Sure they can (385 comments)

It looks like the largest ISP in Hong Kong

I never knew that Hong Kong was in the United States.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals

NervousNerd Game Manuals... (400 comments)

Ubisoft is digging themselves a hole that they most likely will not get out of. With DRM and now the lack of game manuals, I doubt they'll even last 3 years.

On another note, I rather like having a physical copy (read: paper) of the manual. I like reading the manual before I get the game installed (for example, as soon as I purchase a game). And then there's the fact that I may want to read the manual when I'm playing the game. I can't read a PDF while I'm playing a game, unless things have drastically changed (no, I should not have to purchase a 2nd monitor).

And then there are games like Grand Theft Auto that include large colorful poster/maps of the in game world. Whenever I play a GTA game, I usually post the map above my computer as a reference. That's a reason why I've never purchased a GTA game (I don't even know if the digital versions include the map as a PDF file) through digital distribution (eg: Steam). For one, my printer can not print pages that large. Secondly, since I would have to print a rather large and colorful page, it would eat through my ink. And then there's the fact that (for an example) the GTA games are cheaper at retail than on Steam. I can (and did get) GTA4 for $20 several months ago, while on Steam it's still $30. I got the older games years ago, but today III, Vice City and San Andreas can all be had for $10 each.

more than 4 years ago
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Next Gen Intel CPUs Move To Yet Another Socket

NervousNerd Re:Figures... (254 comments)

Actually, you must have forgotten about the LGA775 3.46GHz Pentium Extreme edition. Basically it's a Northwood (as it's 130nm, unlike Prescott which is 90nm and it only supports up to SSE2, unlike Prescott which supports SSE3) with 2MB L3.

more than 3 years ago
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Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec

NervousNerd Re:More like a battle between IE and Firefox (501 comments)

Are they dropping support for XP all together (I have yet to hear anything about it)? Even if it doesn't have that feature, it will still support XP.

more than 4 years ago
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Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec

NervousNerd Re:More like a battle between IE and Firefox (501 comments)

And it'll work on Windows XP. So it matches IE9's two biggest features and has one more feature Microsoft doesn't have: XP compatibility.

more than 4 years ago
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Are Consoles Holding Back PC Gaming?

NervousNerd Re:Short Answer: Yes! (518 comments)

But it was buggy as all hell. Even today, if you want to replay it, I tell people to play the PSX version in an emulator with every thing maxed out. It looks better and plays better.

more than 4 years ago
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Programming the Commodore 64: the Definitive Guide

NervousNerd Re:Relax (245 comments)

I believe that it's StarForce.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel's Core i7-980X Six-Core Benchmarked

NervousNerd Re:Reminds me (179 comments)

First, you seem to have forgotten that the processor is called the Phenom II X3 720. That right there should tell you that it's a triple core. Secondly, how do you know the Athlon XP is the K7 core? Or the Pentium 4 is the Netburst core? Your average joe doesn't buy a processor. They buy a cheap Dell with a Celeron in it. They turn it on and it works. They don't care what happens, as long as it works. The people that buy processors usually look into them.

more than 4 years ago
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The Secret Origin of Windows

NervousNerd Re:MS (402 comments)

Windows 3.1 came out in 1992, so I don't think that that's possible. Also, Windows 3.1 was not an "operating system", just an operating shell running over DOS.

more than 4 years ago
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Making Sense of CPU and GPU Model Numbers?

NervousNerd Re:Operating system (555 comments)

How about a Windows license so that apps and games that don't work in Wine still work?

It isn't quite $100, and I'm not sure about the restrictions this time, but: Windows 7 Home Premium is $104.

more than 4 years ago
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California To Create Public Animal Abuser Registry

NervousNerd Re:Sounds Good To Me (404 comments)

Animal abuse and a sex offender are in entirely different leagues. I can see if people want to know if their neighbor touched children in the past, but this? What next? A public "traffic violation registry"? What happens after that?

more than 4 years ago
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Alice in Wonderland (1903)

NervousNerd Sorry.. (3 comments)

Sorry, this is the copyright police. We're afraid that the copyright on this content will not expire until 2103. Because of that, we're going to have to have that video removed from YouTube. Sorry about that.

more than 4 years ago
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Using Windows 7 RC? Pay Up Or Auto Shutdown Warned

NervousNerd Re:Really? (430 comments)

The only driver I couldn't find for my x64 system was a crappy KWorld TV tuner. Funny thing that it died only 3 months after buying it. Every other device I have on my computer has working drivers for it. I prefer the XP interface, but I like to use all the RAM I payed for (5.5GB), and XP x64 lets me have it both ways.

more than 4 years ago
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Core i5 and i3 CPUs With On-Chip GPUs Launched

NervousNerd Re:What the hell... (235 comments)

Shouldn't your i7 show 8 threads in the task manager as hyper-threading is on (by default, I would think, but I do not own an i7 system)?

more than 4 years ago
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Core i5 and i3 CPUs With On-Chip GPUs Launched

NervousNerd Re:Sure -- theoretically (235 comments)

I wouldn't quite say that. Lower CPU utilization equates to less electricity utilized, which equates to a lower power bill. I would much rather have a processor use only 15% of my CPU's resources in order for me to be able to view a movie instead of having to use 85% of the CPU's resources in order to view a movie.

more than 4 years ago
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Core i5 and i3 CPUs With On-Chip GPUs Launched

NervousNerd What the hell... (235 comments)

What the hell is up with their model numbers? Quick, is that i5 you have a dual core or a quad core!? At least Intel's older Core 2 processors differentiated with "Duo" or "Quad", and AMD's simply uses "X2","X3" or "X4".

more than 4 years ago
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Duke Nukem 3D Ported To Nokia N900

NervousNerd Re:Is this even worth getting excited over? (95 comments)

1: The source code to Halo was not open sourced, the source code to Duke Nukem 3D was.
2: What was so special about Halo compared to Duke Nukem 3D?
3: Doom is almost 20 years old (it's 16, actually), and people still play it (offline and online). People still make maps/mods for it. Will people do THAT for the games of today? I highly doubt that.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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Nvidia's GTX 460: Competition Once Again?

NervousNerd NervousNerd writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NervousNerd (1190935) writes "Nvidia's first DirectX 11 offerings ran hot and offered a negligible performance difference compared to ATI's Radeon HD 5800 series for the cost. Also missing was the $200 mid-range part. But that stopped when Nvidia released the GTX 460 based on a modified version of their infamous Fermi architecture. The GTX 460 offers incredible performance for the price and soundly beats ATI's $200 offering the HD 5830."
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What's Happening With SkyOS?

NervousNerd NervousNerd writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Stephen (1190935) writes "I paid to be on the SkyOS beta team several years ago. Development has been "suspended" and the lead developer has not answered any emails that I've sent him. From what I've heard, a good portion of the SkyOS code is actually just lifted GPL stuff. Does any other Slashdotter know what's up with SkyOS?"
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A look at Internet connections in the past 9 years

NervousNerd NervousNerd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nervous Nerd (1190935) writes "It was 9 years ago this month that freewwweb, the largest and most popular free dial-up ISP shut down. What's happened since then? Anything truly innovative? Cheaper and far more widespread broadband? These days, if anything, we've taken a step back, with the introduction of caps in the form of Comcast's 250GB cap and Time Warner's wanting to introduce a 40GB cap. So, has anything innovative really happened with Internet connections within the last 9 years?"
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Free one year TechNet Subscription

NervousNerd NervousNerd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NervousNerd writes "Ars Technica writes that users in the US, UK, and Canada can get a TechNet subscription for free (it usually goes for $399 to $599). Is this a technical error or is this something far more sinister?

TechNet Plus subscription is aimed at IT Professionals who want full-version Microsoft software, beta software, professional support incidents, managed newsgroup support, a technical information library, Microsoft eLearning courses, online concierge chat, the TechNet Magazine, and many other resources for evaluating, deploying, and maintaining Microsoft software. The subscription normally goes for $349 (download-only) or for $599 (download and DVD shipments). You want it free though, right?

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Microsoft Security Essentials

NervousNerd NervousNerd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

After hearing about and reading about Microsoft's "Morro" anti-virus, now called "Microsoft Security Essentials", I've decided to download and install it. If you want to download it, just search Google (or look at the Wikipedia page for it).

The install was rather quick and painless on my XP machine. Just "verify" my "genuine windows", let the anti-virus update and do a quick scan. Boom, done. It was rather fast and doesn't bog down the system like other anti-virus apps do. If it was cheap it'd be a good anti-virus app. For free, though? It's great.

What's your thoughts on it? Like it? Hate it?

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A Dilemma...

NervousNerd NervousNerd writes  |  more than 5 years ago A relative of mine is having major problems with his computer (malware infection), and is contemplating getting a new computer while giving me his old one. The problem though, is that his new computer most certainly will have Vista on it. I'm still on XP, which means that I'd have to run a Vista VM if he was to ask me for help. Should I get the free machine and deal with Vista or get no machine and re-install XP on it. (NOTE: He's one of those run IE6 and don't update Windows types).

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Companies and their bottom lines

NervousNerd NervousNerd writes  |  more than 7 years ago My keyboard breaks today, uh just between me and you I was chowing down a tasty snack, so I go out to non other than Wal*Mart to purchase a new keyboard. I grab the cheapest one they have, wait in line for a half hour, and go back home. I open the box, actually tearing it into multiple pieces, ripping off the plastic covering the keyboard, and I stare at it. I know it was only $9.99, but unreadable letters? Damn, they've gotten cheaper than cheap. The keyboard in this Commodore 64 I own still has readable letters, and its over 20 years old!

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