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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 28, 2015, 10:53:54 AM
Being an "adult" is simply a matter of having to take responsibility for your actions.
Acting like an "adult" is a much broader subject and the definition will vary depending on who you ask.
As far as "being a man" goes, I'm tempted to make some sort of Chuck Norris or Rambo joke, but I'll pass this time.
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 28, 2015, 10:36:23 AM
I beat Pokemon Y last night. I was disappointed in how easy it was. It roughly only took me 6 hours from getting the 5th page to beating the Elite 4 and Champion. I was able to defeat the E4 and Champion on the first try, which surprised me. Ever since Ruby, I've usually had to spend a couple of hours power leveling a couple of Pokemon by retrying the E4 over and over until certain Pokemon were at a high enough level to where I could go through the E4 pretty easily, just using some Revives and Hyper Potions. However, I think I only had two Pokemon faint the whole time during the E4.

I was super excited when I got Pokemon Red as a kid (the cartoon did its job), but ended up being somewhat disappointed with the game. These days whenever I attempt to play a game from the franchise I'm bored to tears within minutes. The games have very little in terms of story and gameplay variety. To me, Pokemon essentially boils down to one giant grind fest.
It's not that I don't see the appeal, but I can't seem to get into these games.

Dug up my Tombraider collection and installed Tomb Raider 1. Had to do a little tampering with the DosBox config file to stop the game going nuts when a pad is connected (Yep, it comes packaged with Dosbox, that's how old TR1 is).
Maybe I'm wearing my nostalgia glasses but my goodness that game holds up well.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 26, 2015, 02:45:29 AM

I don't think you quite understand how these things work.

In short, yes, downgrading a game to run on consoles will hit the PC version as well.

You're confusing business practice with technical necessity, they are entirely separate things. Yes, there are plenty of developers who will, purely as a matter of economic and business preference normalize the quality of a game for the sake of designing 1 final build and sending it to 3 different compilers. But that's not just a fact of "how these things work" at all. Plenty of developers take a different approach and either deliberately separate their builds or primarily aim for the highest platform but in a way that can easily be trimmed down. There are thousands of PC games that offer a whole host of extra features on top of the console version. You look at a game like Crysis 3, about half of the graphical options in that game are there purely for the sake of the PC. No hit taken due to consoles at all. Something like HDAO wasn't even conceivable on previous gen consoles. Even look at something as console-y as Tomb Raider. They included an entire PC-specific hair physics system. No apparent hit yet again.
This is entirely down to business practice and economic preference. It has bugger-all to do with technical necessity in the way you've asserted. This is like dropping a delicate vase and saying "sorry, that's just the way gravity works"


Its funny that you would mention Crysis 3 as that game was panned for being downgraded for the sake of consoles.
As far as I know, TW3 was primarily developed with the PC platform in mind. So, on ultra settings with all the bells and whistles on, the console versions are still bound to pale in comparison.

At first I assumed you ware talking about the art assets, textures and possibly lower poly count. So, at the moment, the only thing I'm confused about is what exactly your beef is.

It would be good if you ware to give a better comparison to point out what it is you have a problem with.
As far as I know,The Witcher 3 has dynamic weather, day/night cycle and schedules for its NPCs so the scenes in the screenshots clearly don't match especially since the 2015 picture appears to come from a PS4.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 25, 2015, 04:39:28 PM

You're getting closer timmy, but no. Keep trying.
I'll give you a hint, it has something to do with stations, boxes and toasters.

The downgrade is on PC too, so I'm not sure how much the introduction of new consoles counts as an excuse. And also, surely they knew roughly how powerful those consoles would be for quite a while in advance (And probably got devkits way ahead of launch). Unless they were somehow persuaded by console makers to deliberately cripple the superiority of the PC version, it seems kinda unavoidable that they just knew that original footage was unachievable (or maybe the most charitable interpretation is that they thought it was but hoped maybe they could achieve it through optimizing)

I don't think you quite understand how these things work.

In short, yes, downgrading a game to run on consoles will hit the PC version as well.
However, it's not just a matter of adapting to a consoles capped specs but also how far they anticipated average PC hardware might go by the time the game is ready for release.
Even on the mighty PC platform, your average Joe still has to have the rig to run your game.

No, they didn't necessarily know how the new consoles would behave as pre-release machines and development kits will undergo changes and may differ from the final product.

Did they know that the early footage is unachievable? No idea.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 25, 2015, 01:22:09 PM

Oh my, what could have possibly happened between 2013 and 2015 that could be responsible for downgrading a games graphics?

The second royal baby?

You're getting closer timmy, but no. Keep trying.
I'll give you a hint, it has something to do with stations, boxes and toasters.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 25, 2015, 01:04:15 PM
Haha! Detective rating E-. No, this is completely different beast. It's not an issue of graphical quality affecting the game, it's an issue of lying to generate more hype than the game might otherwise get.


I think the general wisdom is that this isn't within the remit of reviewers to cover, and that their job is just to review the final product they're given. I guess the problem that then arises is that you're left with an incentive structure where developers are free to lie as much as they want as long as the final game is good.

Oh my, what could have possibly happened between 2013 and 2015 that could be responsible for downgrading a games graphics?
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 25, 2015, 03:51:29 AM
I have this odd hankering to do a Tombraider marathon. Problem is, I bought the box version of the Tombraider collection ages ago but have since become so lazy that if installing a game requires finding said box and installing from a disc I just end up falling back on something from my steam library instead. It's quite sad.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 25, 2015, 03:08:14 AM
I'm still way behind on my Witcher playthoughs. Have both the first and second to beat before I take a bite into the third one (as well as a possible computer upgrade).

I have to say, for a game that was so largely anticipated, It's rather disappointing that while Dragon age III got 35, Final Fantasy XV is on 50 and the Tales of thread is now on its 125th page, this game is currently barely pushing 4 pages.
Heck, even a portable remake of a PS2 classic is getting more buzz on these forums than this game.

Ah well, I guess its my ever so growing dislike for the modern jRPG talking (among other things).
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 25, 2015, 02:56:56 AM
It's a messy subject especially since it affects a third party that has no say in the matter whatsoever.
It depends on the disease, odds as well as religion and/or individual set of beliefs. Depending on these beliefs you might have a varying set of options.

On paper, I'd say that if the disease is fatal or crippling and the odds are high, it might be best to at least consider other methods that will reduce the risk, or adopt.
However, its not an easy thing to call even in a hypothetical situation, so I would imagine it's infinitely harder when you're faced with the actual choice.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 20, 2015, 06:12:59 PM
So word is, Harry Shearer is leaving The Simpsons. The door isn't entirely closed, but apparently, it's looking more and more that it may be the case. The show's producers have said they will replace him if he doesn't agree to come back. I can't imagine the show without the actual voices of Mr Burns; Ned Flanders; Smithers; Kent Brockman; Dr Hibbert; Lenny; Rev Lovejoy; etc. 
To be fair, I haven't actually watched the show in a long time. It became unfunny to me about 10 years ago or so. I've tried to watch a "new" episode once every few years or so since then, but I always end up turning it off early, because I find myself not laughing in any way at all. Anyway, it's just such a weird notion that all of Shearer's characters could have different voices...

Chances are they wouldn't. They'd come up with some plot devices to remove them from the show or limit to non speaking cameos. Maybe one or two major characters would get some sort of "X thing happened and now I sound like this" treatment. After over 20 years of voicing those characters, replacing him and hoping no one notices just wouldn't fly.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 20, 2015, 09:31:30 AM
Need to start a Youtube channel, tired of twitch deleting all my videos...
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 20, 2015, 09:22:04 AM
Soooooo, Witcher 3 dropped yesterday and no ones talking about it? Kind of odd considering the hype.
Sadly, I don't own it just yet, but I might cave and buy it this week (and then hope I can run it).
Lets start with giving this thread a little bump and see if anyone is playing it yet.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 19, 2015, 04:15:22 PM
She looks like the kind of girl who used to talk to shit to me for no reason other than to feel superior, right before I went to the parking lot and peed on her car door (I must have done this a half dozen times in high school).

What the hell do you call that one?
California wet willy?
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx shamelessly advertises his stream (1000th post spectacular) on: May 19, 2015, 12:04:46 PM
I want your stream to be successful.

Cheers,
Its a hobby, but who knows.
Maybe one day I'll be e-stream-famous :)
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx shamelessly advertises his stream (1000th post spectacular) on: May 19, 2015, 10:50:20 AM
To celebrate today's release of the Witcher 3 I shall stream one of the two previous Witcher titles!
Which one will it be? Find out at:

Infinite Crysis
19:00:00 UTC (GMT)
19:00:00 CEST
03:00:00 AEST
10:00:00 PDT
13:00:00 EDT


Witcher
19:00:00 UTC (GMT)
21:00:00 CEST
05:00:00 AEST
12:00:00 PDT
15:00:00 EDT



EDIT BONUS
Holy time change batman, I'm streamig an hour earlier!
Not enough? How about TWO STREAMS!
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