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My point being I vehemently don't think it is complex.
It is incredibly easy to pick out development decisions or products in an industry with tens of thousands of examples to find your point.
for the issues you listed, it's especially tough to buy a laptop on specs alone
If that's enough for you, it should work. If not, the 780M is the best laptop GPU you can get at the moment and will run things a hair better than the desktop 660 Ti does.
and even passes that key 60 FPS on some other newish games
Why is 60 FPS key? I thought the eye couldn't see half that fast. Is that the mouse sampling rate or something?
Then go for it.
You can't dispute the existence or the power of the trope, especially given its persistence and the popularity of games that employ it.
I can't deny that video game companies will use female characters as plot devices to sell games to men 13-45.
Dan, do you have any idea when realistically we'll start seeing reasonable PS3 or 360 emulators. Everything I've read so far seems to indicate that they are still some ways off from being useful. I'm having a good time on my PS3 binge, catching up on the games I missed by being a PC guy since the late 90's. But I was considering maybe seeing if I could pick up a cheap console once the next gen hits the shelves. Was just wondering if you think it's worth it, or if I should just tough it out, and wait for the emulators to catch up.
Yeah, it's a problem, because of the way PS3 is designed. Emulators work by brute force
I think my current aging Toshiba Satellite is the *only* laptop that I've never had the stupid A/C connector get leverage off the motherboard at some point.
I personally try to use my laptops for gaming as little as possible. Gaming laptops are always expensive and hot and my desktop runs circles around them.
We will reach a point at which it's possible, though. Just not in the next couple of years. Luckily, there's never a shortage of cool stuff out there in the meantime!
I just don't feel that 3-4 sports titles I want is worth shelling out $500 for the console
The Show comes close to justifying the cost. I lose at least a hundred hours of my life to that game every spring. Multiplayer still lags a bit, but I think that's going to be a problem with any baseball game, where the timing has to be precise in order to make the sim worth playing.
Madden is no longer on the PC, but there's a community of modders that keeps the last version up to date, with better textures and roster updates and the like (footballidiot.com). On my part, I've made 17 Madden 13 playbooks for Madden 08 PC and have already started on the Madden 25 ones (SF).
Madden is quite a different game. That doesn't excuse EA's laziness for a proper PC title, but Madden 13 was finally superior to its late gen-2 products.
'08 on the PS2 was the last Madden I invested any serious time in.
The "Infinity Engine" -- a.k.a some actual physics instead of canned animations, really does add to the fun factor. They also eliminated some of the BS around line play and receiver exploits. It plays more like a sports sim than a fighting game, which is a huge improvement, even if it is the last game I want to give credit to. Madden online is still mostly a joke, but the RPG elements of season-mode and improved gameplay make it much more enjoyable against CPU.
The best design -- and it's not even remotely close -- is my wife's MacBook Pro's adapter. No pins at all; it's magnetic. Put any stress on it and it just pops off. There's literally nothing to break.
I actually picked up a Madden about a few months ago (I think 12?...possibly 11?)
It worked for me, though I admit I have a strange way of playing sports games. I have to play as the GM of every team and sim through the games except for a "Game of the Week" which I actually play (in Madden this works out to be 3-4 games in a week just to get a few in as each team). To keep it fair I play all-time offence, switching sides on every possession. I just started a baseball one where I play a game a week pitching all-time, as I haven't found a baseball game where I've enjoyed the hitting since MVP 2005. It can be fairly time consuming, but I find I'm only really comfortable in a sports game if I remove my skill from the outcome of the game
I played MVP the same way. Someone can correct me, but I think you can do pretty much the same thing with the Show, and bring back the MVP controls by changing the hitting scheme in a settings menu (the MVP guys were fundamentally in control of creating what we know of the Show now -- those classic MVP controls/designs included). But if ya don't have a PS3 that's SOL, like myself.
13 is still the one to get, but the way you play I am not sure that's the case. Tiburon doubled down on controlling a team + player in 13, but restricted a lot of league wide control. Madden 25 will address some of this, but whatever they have done still won't allow you to have that type of franchise mode.
Nvidia also has PhysX, which improves some of the particle/fabric physics in certain games. Problem is, only a handful of games support it (the number of total PhysX-certified games tends to be in the single digits every year)
re: names, one of the pleasures of OOTP is that you can hand-edit the various names files to make the naming less boring. They switched from flat text to XML with OOTP 12, which has made the process a bit more tedious, but it can still be worthwhile. The first pitcher to win 300 games in my old OOTP 11 setup was named Estel the Invisible, and Jibril Oatcake was the only guy to hit 400 home runs. Both played for the Brooklyn Owlbears.
The other primary situation in which Nvidia is preferable is when you do a lot of high end graphic modeling/graphic design. High end tools of this nature (and the most popular Adobe stuff) can utilized CUDA in the Nvidia chips (which is Nvidia only) and do stuff of that type faster than the AMD.
just get civ 2 Greg. Problem solved...
It took mainstream 3D a decade to not suckas you had all sorts of 3D APIs jumbled around and lots and lots of legacy PCs that couldn't do much with those games. And we're kind of at a standstill period in mainstream CPU power - a Haswell CPU really isn't *that* much better than a Nehalem or Sandy Bridge CPU of the same market segment and people are still getting a lot of use out of Core 2 Quads.
If you're into a Paradox game, what with the generally steep learning curve, you're ineligible to be in the moron category.
Perhaps. Hell, given I have a complete inability to tune out irrelevant sound (I will tend to wear small earplugs whenever I'm going to be in a crowd so that I'm not simultaneously listening to 30 conservations) I'm probably on there somewhere.
Still running an ancient i7 Bloomfield CPU in my gaming desktop.
Also, I have a Crusader Kings II from a Humble Bundle (already had it). First one to hit me up on Steam (DSzymborski) gets it.
Team Fortress 2, 1314.
I have not, so it's yours when you're online. I tend to leave Steam on, so even if it says I'm Online, I may not actually be at the PC.
[Side Note] For local multi-player console fans (this is dire for my regular FIFA Friday), Microsoft confirmed a 4v4 possibility on Xbox One while PS4 has regressed back to 2v2.
Are you sure about this? PS3 supports up to 8 controllers. It would be a very bizarre decision for them to limit the PS4 to 2.
Football Manager 2013, 576 hours.
Of course, 30% of that is leaving it on in the background.
Yup. I am almost certain that the PS3 never supported 8 controllers, but it DID support, oddly, 7 controllers. This meant 3 on 3 FIFA.
I can't find the tweet at the moment, but Sony US said PS4 would only support 4 controllers. Could be wrong. Social Media editors don't know ####. Normally I'd disregard something I can't find quickly, but I was pointed to it by a current PS4 developer, who is a giant Sony fanboy as is.
Gave me a nice idea for a topic though. What's yer worst playtime on Steam? I've got 215hrs on Civ 5. Attempting to beat the CPU on Deity has given me shize..
And, oh, yes ... FM 2010 -- 6,494
Only 3506 hours until you're any good at it!... At least I think that's how that rule goes.
The current humble bundle is killer. Faster Than Light and Mark of the Ninja are both great, tightly designed games. FTL especially is a masterpiece. Definitely worth $5, and I've heard good things about Fez as well.
Do religions persist when their founding civilization is eliminated? I'm about to clean out these Persian rat bastards, and I'd like their shitty religion off my back.
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