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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 13, 2014, 09:03:05 PM
Rock, Paper, Shotgun review of the game.

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Qvadriga is a fine game and a strong proof of Turnopia’s approach. Built on easily understood mechanics, the game involves a dissection of a complex activity and then reconstruction as a process of distinct phases and actions. A few decisions and interlocked mechanics become a convincing recreation.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 13, 2014, 06:31:09 PM
One problem noted with new patch:
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oooops yes, the light grey/dark grey horse stats are swapped

No word on fix yet, just FYI.
43  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 13, 2014, 06:10:09 PM
Good timing to cut the price on F1 2013 as the new season starts! Looks like a must get  nod

And I'll have to pick up a few of the Rockstar ones, now that I'm going to PC only gaming.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 13, 2014, 04:43:49 PM
New patch has been released:

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Hello Everyone,

Available through your updater or through our FTP is the Qvadriga 1.10 Update. Below is a list of changes.

v1.10 March 11, 2014
NEW FEATURES
- Every team's upgrades are shown when the status info is activated.
- Leaders' names are faction-coloured.
PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
- All debug traces removed avoiding disk usage while racing.

BUGS FIXED
- A non faction-leader auriga could win the epic campaign after winning the third race in the Circus Maximus.
- Injured player-owned aurigas that become leaders now show "injured" status at the local leader chart.
- Normalized acceleration levels for light chariots.
- Campaign race events cease their effect after leaving the campaign.
- Solved balancing bug that could give rival leaders less upgrades during a race.
- Prevented being able to get heal services without enought money after a purchase.
GRAPHICAL GLITCHES SOLVED
- Control/escape orders were not properly positioned if player crashes at the first three seconds of the turn while playing in dynamic mode.
- If auriga manages to escape, textures could be incorrectly drawn at the first turn after ending the race while playing in dynamic mode.
- Crowd restored to some empty spots in the stands at Camulodunum
- Prevented danger line getting too dark at the highest levels.

TYPOS
- Car-Quadriga references renamed to just "chariot" avoiding confusion.
- Text cuts prevented at the results screen
- A number of misspelled words corrected
45  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 12, 2014, 09:14:28 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 12, 2014, 08:07:44 PM

They're also having a sale on games nominated for British gaming awards, with some good deals - Bioshock Infinite is $7.50, XCOM : Enemy Within is $7.50, LEGO Marvel Superheroes is $10, plus more.
Thanks for the head's up, I might have missed this.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 12, 2014, 06:32:28 PM
Games coming out on Matrix usually don't get any early price drops, so you'll just have to envy us for awhile icon_biggrin

Just FYI, over on the Matrix forums the developer said, in response to someone pointing out an issue with mythic Auriga status, that it was a bug that will be fixed in a patch that should be released soon. Having not gotten there myself, I don't know what they are referring to, but it's good news that the developer is getting a patch out relatively quickly.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 12, 2014, 06:19:12 PM
The following question was posted over on the Matrix Qvadriga forum, with the developer giving the following answer:
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Q. Does using Avoid, Stability or the Attacks orders decrease your potential speed? I was wondering if there was a trade off- for instance using the Avoid Attack order but at the cost of speed.

A. No they don't reduce speed, current speed will always be maintained unless you brake, collide with another team, suffer an injury to the horse team or other team brakes you due to a laceration attack.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 12, 2014, 05:07:24 AM
It certainly doesn't hurt when, at the start of a race, old crashed chariots left over from the previous race block part of the track...

...except for your lane:
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 12, 2014, 03:03:13 AM
You think you're having a bad day?
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 11, 2014, 08:51:52 PM
Thanks for the info on frame rate and the warning about AC3. If it goes on deep sale I might get it, but otherwise I've got a lot of other playing to do.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 11, 2014, 08:08:36 PM
I having lots of fun with this game, especially the open world aspect. I've got about twenty five hours of playtime and I'm only a third of the way through the campaign. As I mentioned, this came free with my Nvidia card, otherwise I don't know that I would have even given it a try. And it's very more fun because of the awesome graphics, which thanks to the new card I can run fully cranked up.


According to FRAPS I'm getting a solid 60 fps at most times, even in storms. Oddly, at times it drops to a solid 30 fps when I'm ashore in a tropical setting, maybe it's that PhysX stuff.

So, is AC4BF better than AC3? I haven't played an AC game since AC2 and I'm thinking of getting some of the others in the series.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 11, 2014, 06:05:12 PM
Won my first race of the campaign, at Aquileia. It wasn't an easy one; for instance, the start. We aren't all going to fit in there:


And it got pretty nasty:


Ultimately I was in third and the two guys ahead of me rammed each other and then crashed going over debris. It's an ugly win, but still a win. Look at the dead leaders!
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 11, 2014, 05:07:19 AM
I was just in a race with sixteen chariots, starting in two rows. Oh, and it had been shortened to only two laps. And I was starting in the second row icon_confused. I finished back in the order, with my Auriga injured, my chariot damaged, one horse dead and the other three injured. On the plus side, I did manage to whip an opposing Auriga to dead eek.

A game like this really succeeds or fails based on the AI. And so far, the AI looks pretty good. It's not invincible, but it is smart. I do not know if different opposing Auriga have different tendencies other than what might be expected from their attributes.

If this game could be upgraded with multiplayer, it would be awesome.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 11, 2014, 04:21:03 AM
I tend to be conservative, not whipping, crashing or lacerating. Turns out while that's fine in the demo, it's not going to get you wins in the campaign. To get on the top step of the podium, you've got to race nasty ninja. I'll try posting some screen shots, but there's no built in tool and my Snapper screen grab program just returns black images.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 11, 2014, 03:45:24 AM
Picked this up and have been playing around with single races in dynamic mode. I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing, but it's fun. I seem to be winning more often than I think I should, but maybe that's because it's not in the campaign. I'll give that a try next.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 10, 2014, 05:48:37 AM
I gave the demo a try; it's a fun little game. Maybe even not so little. Very cleverly done.

You can get the manual when you download the demo; there's also a quick start guide available from the game's forum; download link.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 10, 2014, 05:27:40 AM
Linky link to the product page, which has the link to the demo.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 01:35:46 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 10, 2014, 12:59:37 AM

It's "leave me alone, bitch, my Titan is ready," time.

Send me $50 via PayPal or the wife sees the post  ninja icon_biggrin
59  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Should my GTX 780 be running at 80 degC? on: March 05, 2014, 06:01:12 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 05, 2014, 02:24:44 PM

I'd be curious... it got that hot doing what? Playing a particular game? Any game? Posting on GT?  icon_wink

I've been using MSI's Afterburner to monitor / control my Nvidia cards for quite some time, including my current GTX780. I set up a custom fan profile to control fan speed v. temperature. Guess I need to read your linked article to see if somehow what I'm doing is... counter-productive. icon_neutral

I was playing Shift 2 Unleashed for awhile with all graphics settings tweaked to the max.

The article at Geforce.com is interesting regarding GPU temp. Basically it says that the card gradually adjusts the fan speed to maintain the temp at 80C for max performance. It wants the card to run hot, just not too hot. It's a fascinating article, well worth the time to read even if you don't have or aren't planning on getting a GTX 780. I learned a lot from it.


I hadn't looked at Afterburner yet because the article pointed me to EVGA® Precision X, which is also available here (the first site requires you to establish an account). I haven't done anything with EVGA® Precision X yet, I'm still gathering data. And since I've got a three year warranty, if <sigh> if the worst comes to the worst and the card goes belly up, I'll get it replaced, so I'm not really motivated to play around with the card settings unless I really know what I'm doing, which might be, err, never nod
60  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Should my GTX 780 be running at 80 degC? on: March 05, 2014, 07:22:41 AM
So with my new rig the builder has included this neat hardware monitoring program that's open source, which remarkably enough is called Open Hardware Monitor. It has all sorts of cool data, including capturing the max values read since the last time the application was reset. He's my GPU data (max readings on the right, current readings to the left):


Now what seems to be a bit, er, interesting is that my GPU temp got up to 80 degrees Celsius, which seems pretty high to me. According to Nvidia's spec sheet for the GTX 780, Maximum GPU Temperature is 95C, but I don't know what they use for a margin of safety. Also interesting is that the associated fan on the card didn't exceed 48% of it's speed, if I'm reading that right.

So, do other folks have any feelings on this? How close does your GPU operate with respect to it's max temp limit?

UPDATE: I found this fancy article about the GTX 780 over on geforce.com which includes a discussion about how the fan speed is adjusted in small steps to allow the GPU to run at a consistently high level (80C, as it turns out) for max performance. Interesting. So I guess what I'm seeing regarding temperatures is what I should expect.
61  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 04, 2014, 10:40:52 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 04, 2014, 04:16:45 AM

I'd say so.  they added on a bunch more since this morning

NFS Shift 2 Unleashed $4.99

I picked this up, but as suggested by someone in the Steam forum of the game, I didn't install the Steam version, I just used the Steam CD key to download the Origin version. Worked fine, no issues, and there's free DLC as well.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: March 04, 2014, 08:57:40 PM
Hey guys, I'm late to the party for this, but I just got my new PC and I'm considering getting a good MP game to take the edge off icon_biggrin. What's the situation with BF4 on the PC? Is hacking and cheating rampant? Also I don't have a mic yet, is that going to be a problem? Thanks for any advice.
63  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ruh Roh. (video card? system overheat?) on: March 04, 2014, 07:22:36 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 04, 2014, 06:37:29 PM

I recommend against a 4GB card. Unless you're triple monitoring things your card will become outdated before you'll need the 4GB of memory. Get a 770 instead.

When I was picking out a video card for my new rig I was also confused on the choice between 3GB and 4GB and was a bit surprised that the recommendations were for 3GB over 4GB. Now this makes sense. I ended up going with a GTX 780 3GB based on a recommendation by Tom's Hardware.
64  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 04, 2014, 03:35:38 AM
Does that seem to be a very large number of weeklong deals this week?
65  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: March 03, 2014, 06:12:25 AM

Quote from: JCC on March 01, 2014, 02:07:01 PM

Wow, looks like a monster to me. Hope you enjoy it for a long time!

I didn't think to check this till this evening, but when you right click the desktop "Computer" icon and check properties, you can see the "Windows Experience Index" which is a link. When I click the link I get the following:


So processor gets a 7.7 out of a possible 7.9, which I expected based on not getting the bleeding edge processor or getting overclocking. I notice that they rate the "gaming graphics" as 7.9 out of a max of 7.9, which is a surprise because even without going SLI or Crossfire there are more powerful video cards out there. I guess that the 7.9 represents not absolute performance but as fast or as powerful as currently recommended by a majority of games. I've made a note to myself to check this index every few months and see if the numbers come down as faster processors and more powerful video cards raise the bar, or as new games that arrive on the market raise the average recommended specs.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 02, 2014, 08:07:01 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 02, 2014, 07:05:29 PM

The Falcon 4.0 Manual was better than a lot of school study\research books. It had the look, feel, and content of a real deal Pilot's go-to reference manual.
So did Longbow-2, but not as good as Falcon. I miss those sims.

Luckily I still have my copies of those plus pretty much all the Jane's Sims
67  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using "Program Files (x86)" folder on non-OS drive on: March 02, 2014, 01:35:58 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 02, 2014, 12:28:18 AM


Thanks for posting the link, there's some interesting information there. I'll probably just use the default path from now on, just changing the "C" to a "D" as needed.
68  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using "Program Files (x86)" folder on non-OS drive on: March 02, 2014, 01:29:01 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on March 02, 2014, 12:24:55 AM

May I ask what your purpose is in keeping the ssd as clear as possible?

I wasn't being "clear' in my statement. I meant that I wanted to keep my SSD clear of programs I would seldom use and don't need to be as quick as possible, like LibreOffice. I plan on using the SSD for games. I just installed Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag on the SSD and holy smokes, it uses 25GB. A few more of those and that SSD will be filled up pretty fast.
69  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Using "Program Files (x86)" folder on non-OS drive on: March 01, 2014, 10:50:24 PM
I just got my new rig and was installing LibreOffice. Since I want to keep my primary drive, the SSD, as clear as possible, I installed it on the secondary drive, which is my HDD. When I was installing the program the default path was "C:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 4". I changed it to "D:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 4", then decided I didn't really need it to be in the Program Files (x86) folder, so I just put it in "C:\LibreOffice 4".

My question... is there any reason to install programs in a Program Files (x86) higher level folder? And if there is, does this only apply on the primary, OS drive? Thanks for any help.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 01, 2014, 10:36:26 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 01, 2014, 09:17:35 PM

What do you need a manual for? Most games don't have one (a real one) these days anyway.

So sue me, I like to read manuals Roll Eyes. Back in my day, the manuals were HUGE!!! Of course, they were on stone so even a GTAV size manual weighed more than Fred Flintstone's car. And don't get me started on how long it took to load a program from a cassette...
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 01, 2014, 08:58:04 PM
Just got this game as a bonus for getting an Nvidia card. So far I'm enjoying it, but it was a download and I can't find a game manual except the one in-game. Is there a downloadable PDF manual? I tried a Google search but it got me to all these weird sites eek
72  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: March 01, 2014, 06:38:30 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. As I said, because this was a custom machine I was limited in the range of components. This is the configuration I finally went with, a compromise between cost and performance. I opted for no overclocking as I'm more interested in this rig lasting as long as my previous one, which was nine years. I ordered it mid-February and it arrived yesterday. So far so good, things seem to be working fine.

Power Supply: SilverStone® 750 Watt Modular
Motherboard: Asus® Z87 Plus
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 4770K 3.5GHz
Processor Cooler: Asetek® Liquid Cooling
Memory: 1866MHz 2x8GB (16GB)
Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 3GB
Hard Drive 1: Crucial® M500 SSD 480GB
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital® Black™ 1TB
Optical Drive: Asus® 16x DVD Writer
64-Bit Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium
73  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new video card and looking for help on: March 01, 2014, 06:30:50 AM
I finally found the link to the article on Tom's Hardware, Best Graphics Cards For The Money: February 2014. The linked page is the high end card (which I got) but the drop down at top gives you access to their choices in other price ranges.
74  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Question on admin permissions on: February 28, 2014, 08:43:56 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 28, 2014, 05:45:04 PM

Yes, that was it. Thanks for the help!
75  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 28, 2014, 08:42:23 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 28, 2014, 08:37:09 PM

it's EA's response to Steam and gets a lot of hate for that.  in actuality, it's a functional client for downloading games but lacks the polish and bells and whistles of Steam.  if you go this route, get the 'PC download' option;  it gives you the keys you punch into Origin.  the other option works similarly to Humble Bundle games now where the code gets added to your account once you buy it.  takes more work to set up though.

Thanks for the quick response! I notice Mass Effect 3 isn't on Steam. Is this one of those "it will be on there someday" or "EA is never going to put it on Steam because it takes away from Origin's business"?
76  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 28, 2014, 08:24:10 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 28, 2014, 06:20:58 PM

if you aren't adverse to Origin, Amazon has the trilogy on sale for $11.99

I've been a console player for several years, so I'm not familiar with Origin. What kind of adversity would I be seeing dealing with Origin?
77  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new video card and looking for help on: February 28, 2014, 02:52:54 PM
My new computer also has a GTX 780 3GB and so far so good. I run at 1920x1200 but I'm not real finicky on all the AA, FSAA and other those other settings which I've forgotten how to use Roll Eyes.
78  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Question on admin permissions on: February 28, 2014, 02:28:26 AM
Just got my new computer (Win7) and I'm getting this dialog box every time I try to copy a folder to my C: drive:



I got rid of this message on my last Win7 machine but I don't remember how I did it. Any help would be appreciated!
79  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 27, 2014, 06:37:16 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 27, 2014, 06:19:46 PM

2/27


$4.99
Digital Deluxe is $7.49
ME1 + ME2DD is $9.99

Lowest Price: $4.99 at Steam
Historical Low: $4.99 at Amazon on Wed Feb 26 2014
Number of times this game has been in a bundle: 1

If I get ME2, is it worth getting ME as well? Or are the game mechanics so much better in ME2 that ME would be a disappointment?

Also, the only things I would care about in the Deluxe Digital edition of ME2 would be the
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Collector Armor and Assault Rifle - Two bonus in-game items: advanced regeneration armor and a powerful enemy-shredding assault rifle.
Incisor Rifle - Bonus in-game weapon. Firing three shots with each pull of the trigger, the Incisor Rifle is designed to decimate shields.
Are they of a significant enough impact to ME2 that they would be worth the extra $2.50 USD?
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 22, 2014, 05:03:30 AM
The promotional code is already applied if you use the link he posted.
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