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Originally posted by CalmOceans

If the reverse actually happened, and a company said

"We can lower the resolution by 4, but retain almost all detail, and quadruple your framerate"

 people would be going crazy about how awesome the technology is

that's how stupid 4k is

 how people can defend a technology that drops your framerate by 60-70%, for a "benefit" that researchers are saying you can't even see, is beyond me

and you could say that about, 1080P to 720P.  1024x768 to 640x480.  I'm sure games that run decent at 1080P would have amazing frames at 640x480.  And yet the response to the higher rez is "hell yeah!  bring on more pixels!"

Now I do agree with you that there is a theoretical limit to this "more pixels!" thing.  But I don't think 1080P to 4K is that limit, particularly regarding larger computer monitors.  TV's 42" and smaller?  Yeah, it's getting there.  the focus should be on color, contrast, brightness, etc.

But a 27-32" monitor at 4K?  Sign me up.

Originally posted by Quizzical
Originally posted by Hrimnir

Good to hear.  As far as the 290, even a quiet 290 is going to be loud compared to a maxwell 2 series nvidia card.  Its all about physics, the TDP on a 290 is 275 watts, the TDP on a 960 is 130w's.  That means that the r9 has to dissipate more than twice as much heat.  Also, think about electricity costs.  yeah, it may only add up to 2 or 3 dollars difference a month, but that adds up over time, so while you might save a bit of money as far as price performance now, after 2 or 3 years you came out WAY ahead, had a quieter, cooler running card, etc.

Just some things to chew on.  R9's are not bad cards, they perform well, but they're very inefficient, which is why i primarily don't recommend them.  In the long run they end up costing more money, they're louder, they create a ton more heat inside your case which doesn't help with the life of your other components and can affect potential overclocks of your cpu, etc.


Furthermore, even at load, dissipating 200 W while playing a relatively intense game in a desktop isn't hard to do.  So the Radeon R9 290 isn't really going to be a problem unless you're unusually sensitive to noise or trying for a very small form factor.

Also, never underestimate the ability of stupid fan designs to make massively more noise than they ought to (see, for example, Intel's stock CPU coolers).  Yes, lower power makes it easier to be quiet, but that's not the only factor.

Just a personal experience thing:  I'm running an OC'd Asus R290 now, and it doesn't make any more noise than my processor fan, even at full load.

Caveat:  Better have a big case...

On the other hand, my old MSI twin Frozr 6970(a beast when it came out) sounded like a friggin jet plane taking off when you'd run games.  I was actually considering ways to move the case downstairs and find a long range KMV solution at one point.

I think the moral of the story is, when you pay a crapton of money to buy the newest-latest-greatest tech, you might pay in more ways than just money.


First bit of advice:  Listen to Quizz.  In general.

Second bit:  Listen to Quizz, particularly when it comes to getting an SSD.  It's more than just load times, believe me.  It improves "hitchy" games by a TON, more than a new vid card in many cases.  (I'm lookin' at YOU, Marvel Heroes/Lotro...)

Third bit:  8 gig is fine now, but it won't be long(maybe a year) til you'll need to upgrade to 16.  It's not rare these days that I hit 2/3-3/4 load, which is on the brink.

4th bit:  A good audio system goes a long way.  Most MB onboard audio is fine, but plug it into something that doesn't sound like a bullhorn, only quieter.  Audio is half the experience.  It really is.

Best of luck to ya, my friend!

I'm glad they're finally starting to do something about the war of attrition combat, particularly in the open zones. 

I do wish they'd allow us to replay the original main story, even if without the item rewards.  I'd like to go through the missions back to back to get a more serial feel to what seemed like a great story.

Be happy that there isn't much hype.  If there was, folks on this site and elsewhere will be tearing it apart because it's not exactly what they want.

On the other side of the coin, folks have learned time and time again that what's promised on paper and what the finished product ends up being will be miles apart in scope and often concept.

We're already starting to see this with Star Citizen.  The game that people originally saw as "you can go anywhere, do anything" is just now starting to flesh out as a game with limitations, reasonable or not.

I don't think 4K TV's are terribly useful at the moment, since most sources will be 1080P or smaller for the foreseeable future. 

4K gaming though?  Count me in.  That would make a 27"+ monitor alot more appealing, IMO.  It'll probably still be awhile for me, though.  The core of my machine is Phenom II era stuff.  2008-ish.  Methinx I'm gonna have to replace the mobo/cpu/memory before I could do it(for gaming), but I know it definitely wouldn't be pointless.

Seems like the only logical next step after they got to 10 million subs last month. 
Windows 8.1
Hardware « General Discussion
1/15/15 8:41:13 PM

I have my issues with W8, but it is nowhere near the mess that Vista was.

W8's faults mostly begin and end with an idiots decision to force people into a touchscreen interface when they use a mouse.  That's easily remedied, and in a just world the person behind it is enjoying their job as a greeter at Walmart.

The best example I can give... I have a budget ACER laptop from 2007 that has outlasted its battery in usability, because of W8.  W8 boots up quickly, and uses little memory(good for a machine that can only hold 2 gigs). 

I remember having Win95/98 machines that were more than "worthy" of Windows XP, in terms of specs and power.  But yet, due to reasons that may or may not have been Microsoft's fault, were just left out in the cold.  In comparison, W8 not only accepted older, even crappy hardware, but made it better.  The OS loads faster, and leaves more memory available than W7, and most certainly Vista.

Technically, W8 is terrific.

Originally posted by ConjureOne

You can chuckle all you want, but it doesnt change the fact :-) we can argue which design/car is better BMW or Mercedes (matter of taste), but we can all agree that a modern car is better in every way than a 30 year old junk wagon of same brand/model, unless you are a heirloom collector, which is a strange deviation from normal.

Can we please put the car analogy out of its misery?  I don't recall ever buying a car and having mechanics come over every month to add stuff and change existing parts.  It's apples and oranges.

As far as Wildstar goes, its raid-centricity pretty much guaranteed it wasn't the game for me.  But its move to more casual play (if true) is probably less likely to draw people like me than it is to piss off their current niche fans.  I guess time will tell, I just hope their current loyalists aren't about to lose the game they love.


Originally posted by Iselin
Originally posted by Robsolf
TBH, I clicked into this thread thinking Narcissistic Braggarts was a new guild.

An offshoot of Elitist Jerks? 


Yeah!  Except they'd be more PvE based. 

TBH, I clicked into this thread thinking Narcissistic Braggarts was a new guild.
Originally posted by Athisar

VIP is mostly convenience. You basically rent the pre-expansion content and have access to everything, and you get some extras on top. It includes 500 TP per month too. If you buy all the quest packs and other included features of VIP you can easily play the game afterwards with no sub with pretty much no loss.

I do my sub annually, so it comes out to a little over 8 bucks a month($99 over 12 months).  Since that comes with 5 bucks a month in TP's, that  makes the VIP sub ridiculously cheap.

Originally posted by Battlerock
The baby boomer generation is home to many of them, they covet youth , the one thing they just can't have, they put down the youth and act like the youth are a bunch of lazy kids that are entitled, that's to mask their own entitlement, a Sportscar, fat retirement plans, 3000 sq ft home, over payed and insecure. I pretend to value their input - it's done wonders for me. What a nice house, great job on that quarterly report, you're the best..... stroke those egos, it will do wonders.

This times infinity.  It's like they saw the Greatest Generation and decided collectively to be 100% not that.

Originally posted by Iselin
Originally posted by Robsolf


Very much the case.  It was almost time for the next update before Firefoot got its server unlock for Paths of the Dead; it's that quiet.  After dealing with that though, I decided to roll my Beorning on Brandywine, and that server is hopping no matter what time I get on.

I was getting a bit burnt out with the last few max level grinds they came out with, so the Beorning class couldn't have come at a better time for me.  I LOVED going back and redoing the old, revamped lower level areas. 

That's exactly what I did a few months ago. I lt my high level LM and Burglar just sit and started a new character... another LM... what can I say? I love the class 

LM's probably the class I've touched the least.  Only gotten to about lvl 25 with one.  Not really a matter of preference though; I just need to set my interface up to command pets better. 

I've got a bajillion programmable kb and mouse buttons, yet I'm still playing hunt n' click onscreen. 

Originally posted by Po_gg
Originally posted by iGumballStar

is there still a big playerbase? or does the game feel empty? - depends on the server I think, on the active ones you can bump into players everywhere (though lots of them are beornings, levelling up)


Very much the case.  It was almost time for the next update before Firefoot got its server unlock for Paths of the Dead; it's that quiet.  After dealing with that though, I decided to roll my Beorning on Brandywine, and that server is hopping no matter what time I get on.

I was getting a bit burnt out with the last few max level grinds they came out with, so the Beorning class couldn't have come at a better time for me.  I LOVED going back and redoing the old, revamped lower level areas. 

I don't disagree, but I'd say that's true of nearly every game.

With the exception of some outlier MMO's(like Eve), it's inevitable that one day you'll be at max level, will have done whatever form of "daily activity" there is in a game to where advancement is all but maxed, and you'll ask that potentially fatal question:

"If I'm doing this to max all my stuff out, what am I maxing all my stuff out for?"

When you don't have an answer to that question, congratulations.  It might not be game over for everyone, but it is for you.  That doesn't have to be a bad thing.

Originally posted by Calgor
Originally posted by Robsolf

Yep... glad of that, but it came as a surprise when it went from being free to being charged for it.  Blew through 200k(alot of creds for a casual like me) before I realized they turned costs on again.

Glad they turned it back off, but I'm missing that money, which I really needed to beef up my companion's gear.  My healer is still running around with a 94 item level blaster...

The quest that takes you to Rishi gives as a reward your choice of any legacy bound 192 main hand weapon specifically for your companions and there is a 3 part quest on the island that rewards you with a legacy bound 192 offhand weapon for your companions. Not to mention on fleet there are lvl 55 Barrels, Mods, and Enhancements that are item lvl 172 for like 10 Basic tokens each.

All that and my commendation collection was spent on another companion, and partially on my healer.  But thanks for the advice!

I'm just saying, when you start spending resources in an MMO, it's good that they be consistent.  I suspect that the training cost coming back was unintended.  But it still had consequences, and while 200k might not be much to a vet, it cleaned me out.

Edit:  Imagine your IP abruptly charging you per hour like AOL circa '95, without notice, and you'll get my meaning.  Thankfully, I just lost "play money".


Originally posted by Tamanous
Originally posted by Tinybina


3.  23 page thread on Main forums talking about how people are having to re pay for skills they already learned... Have  alts? Look forward to paying 1 million per alt just to get the stuff you had before the patch.



3. As of Dec. 9 2014 all skills are free for everyone.

Yep... glad of that, but it came as a surprise when it went from being free to being charged for it.  Blew through 200k(alot of creds for a casual like me) before I realized they turned costs on again.

Glad they turned it back off, but I'm missing that money, which I really needed to beef up my companion's gear.  My healer is still running around with a 94 item level blaster...

Originally posted by Calgor

I hope part of the KOTOR/SWTOR feel is what they bring into the SW movies going forward, kind of what they had going in Ep IV, the sense of this being one part of a much larger story. When Obi-Wan tells Luke that for over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old republic it only made you want to know more.

As far as rights go I believe EA has the rights to produce all SW games for like 9 years but I believe the names and the rest would still be owned by Disney. I could very well be wrong tho.

As much as I'd like to see them fold The Old Republic into the existing canon of Star Wars I think the fact they changed Korriban to Moriband in the Clone Wars (which, unless something changed in the handover to Disney, was always considered canon) does not bode well and I think the likelihood of Revan making an appearance is very slim.

Yes indeed!  Same thing about Obi Wan and Anakin being friends and fighting together.  Then Episode 1 happened and:  "Anakin @ 8 years old?  Midichlorians???  I wanna know less!  I wanna know less!!!" 

Well... all that picture really shows is that the bad guy is cloaked and helmeted, which not only shares similarities with Revan, but also almost every Sith outfit available in SWTOR.

Also, and I apologize if this has already been mentioned, but I don't think Disney has rights to Revan nor any KoTOR character.

It would've been cool to have Revan in an unnamed cameo, like in a montage of the history of force users, or something.

Personally, I'd rather it not be Revan.  Nothing against the character, just that the movies and the KoTOR games have always had a different feel, IMO.

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