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81  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [PC] Who has graduated to 1440p? What do you think and what should I know? on: October 27, 2014, 06:04:45 PM
I've spent a week with the new monitor and, aside from a speck of dust trapped in the screen that I'm trying to figure out how to remove, the monitor is pretty great. Games look noticeably sharper and the colors are much deeper. I wouldn't expect the same type of visual upgrade as moving from 480p to 720p or 720p to 1080p, but it's certainly the way to go if you're in the market for a new monitor - assuming you have the hardware to power games at this resolution.

One thing to consider when operating at such a high resolution is that many interfaces are not designed with it in mind, so expect smaller icons, fonts, and application windows (like Steam). If you artificially increase sizes you'll notice some textures get blurry - I increased the default zoom for Windows 7 to 125% and, while icons held up well, internet browser UIs suddenly looked low-res. I also have to CTRL+ on web pages for them to look normal.

In terms of games supporting the resolution, every game I've tried so far supports it except The Night of the Rabbit (super small budget indie game from Germany). I've loaded up WoW, Diablo 3, The Swapper, Ancient Legends, RAGE, Bioshock Infinite, Dust: An Elysian Tale, Broken Age, and a few others, all scaled to 1440p (2560x1440) without issue.

In terms of this monitor specifically (linked above), it consists of components taken from a high-end Samsung monitor and placed in a lesser quality frame. The stand is a little weird in terms of its tilt range, but it's quite sturdy compared to the stand that was holding my Viewsonic. VESA mount screws do not go deep enough so if you want to use a VESA stand expect to apply 5-6 washers to each. Like I mentioned, there's a speck of dust that is creating a grey spot due to it blocking the light. There's not a single dead pixel and light bleed is minimal, but I'm either going to exchange this monitor or attempt to take the case off my self and get rid of the dust speck. I made the manufacturer aware of the issue and they are going to determine whether they can help me fix it, offer a refund, or offer a discount. The response speed is also high at 8ms, which supposedly affects twitch heavy games, but I can't tell from my normal gaming routine, and I believe there's a way to overclock the response and refresh rates.

Bottom line: 1440p is a nice visual upgrade from 1080p, but it won't redefine the image the way previous jumps have. There are caveats to bear in mind with general UI scaling but there are ways to deal with it. I don't recommend replacing your 1080p monitor just for this, but I do recommend upgrading when it comes time to buy a new monitor.

82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 05:12:01 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 27, 2014, 04:42:07 AM

Well, there's a big difference between a console reversing its success from one gen to the next, and that same console being "dead." The PS4's slow start compared to the Xbox 360 didn't kill Sony, and they had far fewer resources to spare on it. The XB1 still has a huge install base and plenty of room for growth, so it's not going anywhere.

However, I will concede that the XB1's performance this gen could kill the successor to the XB1. MS's shareholders have been wanting to get out of the console business for awhile now, and MS may just say "F--- this" and bow out next time. That would not surprise me one bit.

Shareholders are ignorant, though. Have you ever listened to them ask questions during shareholder meetings? Most of them have little or no expertise in the business they've invested in, they just look at data points on a chart and make knee jerk reactions. The gaming industry as a whole is supposedly valued at nearly $50 billion and is growing every year, why would you pull out of such a market?

Microsoft is making extremely healthy strides towards improving their product, there's no reason to believe that just because they weren't as quick out the gate as Sony that they're in trouble.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 27, 2014, 04:55:17 PM
I agree, business is about being nimble and reacting to the market. Microsoft is doing just that.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: October 27, 2014, 02:53:54 PM
I can see where you're coming from. There were a few moments where I got my ass kicked and it was frustrating, but it made me better and I eventually prevailed. That's much more rewarding than being spoon-fed the content, for me personally.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 27, 2014, 02:48:50 PM
Watch our video review - Ron gave it a 90!
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 27, 2014, 02:57:26 AM
Has anyone finished this yet? I keep dipping my toes in the pool but can't seem to fully dive in. I already bought the game, but I question whether the time should be spent elsewhere.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 02:55:35 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 27, 2014, 01:47:19 AM

Any talk of XB1's demise before Master Chief Collection & Halo 5 come out is super premature.

I really don't get people's prerogative to do so, it just goes to show the lack of business sense within the community.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: October 27, 2014, 02:49:25 AM
I just beat the game this morning, it took quite a bit of time on Hard difficulty. To be honest, anyone who is playing this on Normal is missing out. Sure, you get the story, the art, and the characters served to you, but you're missing out on a really great combat system.

Easily one of the most underrated RPGs of the year.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 27, 2014, 02:46:56 AM
I'm getting it and am fairly excited for it. I haven't been paying too close of attention to the previews, but Ron's impressions were positive so I'm going off of that.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 25, 2014, 04:37:30 AM
Metatheory podcast episode 6 is up!
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 23, 2014, 08:06:17 PM
GT's review is up!
92  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Xbox One Kinect on: October 21, 2014, 06:50:30 PM
I pre-ordered the Sunset Overdrive Xbox One bundle which I'll be receiving next week. Ron's review of Fantasia made me feel like I would be a bad Disney fan if I don't play it and it requires a Kinect. Is anyone willing to sell theirs for cheap?
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360] Fantasia: Music Evolved on: October 21, 2014, 06:48:07 PM
Our review is up. Ron struck my Disney fan chord in his review and now I'm debating on buying this game and a Kinect. If anyone wants to sell me theirs on the cheap... =)
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: October 21, 2014, 06:42:16 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on October 19, 2014, 08:39:52 PM

This still is in my backlog. Loved what I've played thus far though.

What's in front of this game right now? I'll help you decide whether it should be moved up or not  icon_twisted
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 21, 2014, 06:41:40 PM
Or simply create two lines, one for recently used apps/games and one for your full library, with various sort options like Alphabetical or Release Date.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 20, 2014, 10:55:45 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 18, 2014, 03:30:04 PM

Version 2.0 of the PS4 OS unveiled.

The PS4 already displays apps in order of last use, doesn't it?
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 10:52:29 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 20, 2014, 06:09:28 AM

Early impressions of the Korra game, before release, from various gaming podcasts was that the game was looking good, and up to platinum's gameplay standards.

But, I'll wait for reviews since I've never played a Platinum game.

For me:
Dreamfall Chapters
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Dreamfall so I can see what they've been doing all this time since I backed it. Then will just wait until the final episode is released before playing it again.

I'm really, really, really hoping that they got the netcode issues worked out for Beyond Earth. Even when my friends and I got together for a LAN party, we had nothing but trouble getting Civ 5 working.

Not to sidetrack the thread but which gaming podcasts do you listen to?
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 10:51:27 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 20, 2014, 03:37:33 AM

Debating whether to bite on Dreamfall Chapters now, or wait until it's finished.  I really want to play, but I'm afraid I'll forget major plot points if there is a significant gap between installments.  I really want to wait, but my love of that series may just win out.

I was going to do the same thing but it's probably healthier for the game (in a financial sense) if we pay up front as it'll help fund the rest of the episodes. So, I'll be buying it this week.
99  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [PC] Who has graduated to 1440p? What do you think and what should I know? on: October 20, 2014, 04:01:49 PM
I ended up purchasing a QNIX QX2710 which has stellar reviews, particularly from gamers. I also bought a solid VESA mount since the stand is supposedly flimsy. I'll report back at the end of the week on my thoughts.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: October 19, 2014, 06:50:53 PM
I'm still playing! It's a bit longer than I expected for a $15 game, incredible value.

I just defeated Crepusculum, and in case you forgot who that was:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Aurora's evil sister

What a difficult battle on Hard difficulty! Initially I was getting frustrated because I could barely get any attacks in, so I spent about half an hour killing enemies for XP in order to level up a bit more and experimented with different strategies. I learned a lot from this battle, in particular the importance of effectively switching party members in and out. Basically, you want to sub your star players out when the enemy is up to attack and put "meat shields" in instead to absorb the hit. Then, when your party members are in the clear and it's their turn to attack, you put your star players (these players can be different based on the vulnerabilities of the particular enemy) back in to do the damage.

This is a great combat system, one of my favorites in an RPG. I still feel like I have a ways to go to mastering interrupts.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / September Sales Info - PS4 leads hardware, Destiny software on: October 17, 2014, 08:36:07 PM
From VentureBeat:

To sum it up:

PS4 (550k estimated) > Xbox > ???


1. Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
   
2. Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
   
3. FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
   
4. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
   
5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
   
6. NHL 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
   
7. Minecraft (360, PS3)
   
8. The Sims 4 (PC)
   
9. Disney Infinity 2.0 (360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One)
   
10. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
   
11. Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Interestingly enough, the Xbox One version of Destiny supposedly sold more than the PS4 version. But then again, Microsoft was giving a free game away that month with a console purchase, and the bundled PS4 version wasn't counted.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 17, 2014, 04:05:20 PM
A new episode of the Metatheory podcast is up! I'm really proud of this episode, aside from some great gaming discussion, we touch on the recent Gamersgate controversy and what it means to gaming culture. There's a lot of rich, insightful commentary from the staff that explores points I haven't seen raised elsewhere.

Give it a listen if you have the time  icon_biggrin
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD Veterans (and noobs): Are you getting Advanced Warfare? on: October 15, 2014, 09:55:02 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 15, 2014, 08:58:31 PM

Short term purchase for me.  I felt pretty burnt out on the CoD formula when I played the last one, so I'm buying the disc version with the intention of selling after I get a few weeks out of the multiplayer. 

Damn, that's an excellent idea. I committed to going all digital and sometimes forget physical versions exist anymore  thumbsup
104  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / [PC] Who has graduated to 1440p? What do you think and what should I know? on: October 15, 2014, 09:53:11 PM
I bought a 970 GTX yesterday (4GM VRAM!) and now everything runs well... a little too well  ninja

Good 1440p monitors are somewhat affordable and I'm thinking about embarking on gaming at the increased resolution. I've done some searching and haven't found any definitive guides which makes me ambivalent because I don't know if I should be concerned, because not enough people are gaming at that resolution due to incompatibility issues, or reassuring because the upgrade is seamless and there's not much to say about it.

Do most if not all modern games support the resolution? If you play a game at 1080p does it look blurry or simply play windowed? Is the jump in image quality awesome?
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD Veterans (and noobs): Are you getting Advanced Warfare? on: October 15, 2014, 08:50:15 PM
Yes. I'm in for the campaign.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 15, 2014, 05:29:17 PM
Ugh, that's so ghetto (the widescreen thing).

I'm glad you seem to be enjoying it, Teggy. I'll continue pressing onward.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 15, 2014, 04:47:43 PM
I played through the first chapter this morning. What I like about it so far is the quality of the level design, as they are interesting and there's a lot of detail in the environments, and the cinematic feel. I'm not sure about gameplay and mechanics though, I died almost a dozen times in the first hour. It sort of reminds me of Outlast where rather than engaging in combat you're sneaking around and hiding in lockers, under beds, and so on. Outlast does it better, though.

Also, how long does the game stay in widescreen mode?

108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 14, 2014, 09:07:36 PM
Did he provide any examples of such poorly designed decision/consequence instances?

I pre-loaded the game yesterday, looking forward to getting a couple hours in tonight.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 09, 2014, 03:25:46 PM
I admit I've hardly played any games on the Xbox, I'm going purely off my experience playing AC4: Black Flag pre- and post-1080p patch. I'm getting the White Xbox later this month, perhaps I'll buy both versions of a game where this is a prevalent issue so I can understand it better.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 08, 2014, 08:58:35 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 07, 2014, 04:25:45 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 07, 2014, 04:07:17 PM

Who cares about the resolution? You can't even tell the difference between 900 and 1080. When the PS4 version of Black Flag got patched with the higher resolution I could not discern the increase, and I'm a certified graphics whore. It's the framerate that bums me out as I was hoping for 60fps.

A comment from someone on the Ubi team has made me worried about these consoles, he basically said that AI is processed by the CPU and that the PS4/Xbox are not powerful enough to handle the game above 30FPS (steadily) because of it. Granted, AC games tend to have more AI characters on screen at once than most games, but it's still disheartening. I'm hoping the limitation is overcome as time goes on or at least only applies to open-world games of this magnitude.

I absolutely could tell the difference pre/post patch.

The actual resolutions aren't the real story though, it's a developer saying they are intentionally not taking full advantage of hardware to keep both versions at parity.  That's nonsense.  Can you imagine if the PC version was limited to 900P/30FPS to exactly match the console versions?  Do you think THAT would go over well, with a "you can't tell the difference" ?

The difference you noticed has less to do with the resolution increasing and more to do with other graphical effects being tweaked, that's my understanding of it, at least. In most games where they've compared Xbox One's lower resolution to PS4's higher resolution, the difference was nearly impossible to discern.

From Ubisoft on the AC4 patch (link):

"The most important part of this title update is not necessarily 1080p native resolution," said associate producer Sylvain Trottier in a blog post announcing the patch. "It's the fact that even when we were done with the project, even when we were finished with the certification and everything else, even when most of the engineers had started to work on other projects--like we always do at Ubisoft--some of my engineers continued to work on Black Flag and they even developed a brand-new anti-aliasing technique."

I've been on the defensive side of this debate so far which is strange because graphics are a critical aspect of a game for me. But you simply can't tell the difference between 900p and 1080p and it's ridiculous how much people are complaining about it. The resolution drama is so arbitrary.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 07, 2014, 04:07:17 PM
Who cares about the resolution? You can't even tell the difference between 900 and 1080. When the PS4 version of Black Flag got patched with the higher resolution I could not discern the increase, and I'm a certified graphics whore. It's the framerate that bums me out as I was hoping for 60fps.

A comment from someone on the Ubi team has made me worried about these consoles, he basically said that AI is processed by the CPU and that the PS4/Xbox are not powerful enough to handle the game above 30FPS (steadily) because of it. Granted, AC games tend to have more AI characters on screen at once than most games, but it's still disheartening. I'm hoping the limitation is overcome as time goes on or at least only applies to open-world games of this magnitude.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 07, 2014, 03:58:49 PM
A game that's best played in spurts but has a long campaign doesn't seem ideal  paranoid
113  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Get rid of the multiplayer/MMO section and use the main gaming hub? on: October 07, 2014, 03:56:26 PM
Ah, I see. I'll try and make more use of it, but it doesn't change the request.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 06, 2014, 07:46:57 PM
I finally bought the PS4 version this weekend after playing it on Xbox One at my friend's house last week and being impressed. I already have it on PC but after playing through the campaign with most of the classes I considered myself done.

Good lawd... the game completely assassinated my Sunday. I can't explain it, I've been through the campaign multiple times, yet it feels almost like I'm playing it for the first time again.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 05:05:56 PM
The PS4 is my primary.

I have a PC that can run anything, but if the PS4 version is a solid 60FPS, I will always choose that version because I prefer playing in the living room on a couch and TV. However, I still put a good chunk of time into PC gaming because of WoW and indie stuff. The Wii U also gets a fair amount of use because my wife actually enjoys Mario Kart 8. My portables usually get the shaft - 3DS and iPad rarely get used for gaming purposes.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: October 03, 2014, 08:59:02 PM
I want this too but I also have too many games on iPad in my backlog. I need to stop buying so many damn puzzle based games on iPad that I hold myself to finishing but never finish because I get stuck and uninterested.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 03, 2014, 08:49:43 PM
Whenever a game has mixed reviews I always consider it something you should play if you're especially into the subject matter. If you loved the Alien movies, if you're looking for a scary game, etc., you'll probably like Isolation.
118  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Get rid of the multiplayer/MMO section and use the main gaming hub? on: October 01, 2014, 04:45:54 AM
I had never heard of it and have no idea where that button even is.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 01, 2014, 04:43:18 AM
I like the unified approach, and after using Office 2013 I think I'm into the design/UI their going for. I don't think it's going to mean anything for gaming, though. Except that the Xbox should get more apps.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console sales chart by generation on: September 30, 2014, 11:43:49 PM
I found this really cool chart in an article at the Economist. It's from March of last year, but it covers every generation from the first console generation (starting with the Odyssey in 1972) to last generation. I've never seen this data in a collected format, it's always been something I would read randomly from disparate sources.

A few personal takeaways for me that somehow I never learned or realized before -

- Nintendo had a console before the NES
- There was a lot more competition in the earlier days
- Sega took a hell of a bite out of Nintendo in the Genesis/SNES generation (I always knew the battle was fierce, but thought the SNES greatly outsold the Genesis in the long run)
- How severely Sony dominated during the PSX and PS2 generations.
- How the PS2 sold close to 160m units, I thought the Wii was the best-selling console of all time
- The Saturn and Dreamcast were abject failures (thought they did better numbers than that)
- It's strange that there was almost no total growth between the 3rd and 4th generation, where as in most other generations there's significant generation-over-generation growth
- Skipping generations 3 to 4 due to lack of growth, starting from generations 2 to 3, the growth trend goes: 120%, 65%, 43%, 20% (360/PS3/Wii)

Interesting stuff, at least to me!
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